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VIVID IMAGINATIONS? - "Lithuanians stock up for 'hybrid' war with Russia"

As far as most Lithuanians are concerned the iron curtain is made from pine - their border with the Russian state of Kaliningrad is lined with pine and birch trees as well as a series of concrete posts marking out the frontier.

There are also watchtowers poking out of woods, but the whole area feels unexpectedly and curiously open.

A small band of Lithuanian border guards are deployed on this waterlogged and rather inhospitable patch.

"There are about 50 of us," said a young guard called Tadas Zalauskas, as he wrestled with the steering wheel of his 4x4 truck. "But we need more. Eighty or more - that would be good."

"Do you communicate with the Russians on the other side?" I asked.

"No, they are hiding," he said, gesturing towards the trees.

It was not that long ago that the two groups were citizens of the same country - comrades-in-arms in the Soviet Union.


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