The Ukrainian Ambassador: We will remember the great Czech heart 

Petr Horník

The Ukrainian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Yevhen Perebyjnis, appreciated the Czech people’s wave of support and solidarity. He noted that he understands that the presence of Ukrainians in the Czech Republic causes significant problems for the government and local authorities. After the Ukrainian victory, most of them will return to their homeland.

“We are aware that the presence of Ukrainians on Czech territory causes great problems for the government, local government, society as a whole, and the budget. These women and children are not labor migrants. Their safety is a sure guarantee for their husbands not to worry about their loved ones and to be able to defend Ukraine and Europe from Russian aggressors with relative calm and coolness,” Perebyjnis said in a video message posted on his Twitter account and shared by the Ukrainian embassy.

In his message, he asked Czechs to overcome the difficult period together. The Ukrainian ambassador in Prague added that “Ukraine will prevail. Most of those who had to leave will return home and will remember with gratitude the Czech hospitality, the big Czech heart, and the open Czech soul.”

Perebyjnis also said that Ukraine sees who its true friends are and will never forget it

There are already over 200,000 Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic. Accommodation capacity is running out due to the influx of people fleeing the war. So the government has applied through the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism to provide 25 modular humanitarian bases that could accommodate up to 50,000 people.

The 23rd day of the war in Ukraine began on Friday. So far, major cities have been successfully defended by the Ukrainians. Probably the worst situation is in Mariupol, where Russia attacked a drama theatre on Wednesday, under which was a fallout shelter in which about a thousand people were sheltered. Their rescue is still ongoing.