Ukraine update: What's happening now (July 9)

A daily dispatch on how the war in Ukraine is impacting life in the Czech Republic. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 04.07.2022 14:46:00 (updated on 09.07.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes

July 9, 2022

Three quarters of Czechs are in favor of the Czech Republic's efforts to accept Ukrainian refugees, but only 10 percent are in favor of the refugees settling in the country permanently, according to a CVVM public opinion poll released this weekend.

Seventy-five percent of those polled said they agreed with the Czech Republic accepting Ukrainian refugees. Out of them, 27 percent strongly supported it and 48 percent said they somewhat support it.

"Analysis has shown that higher support for the acceptance of the Ukrainian refugees has been expressed by university graduates and people with higher living standards," pollsters said.

July 8, 2022

Refugees More visas granted than a week ago

  • The Czech Republic issued 1,276 visas to Ukrainian refugees on Thursday, 631 more than a week ago, the Interior Ministry tweeted. However, Tuesday and Wednesday were national holidays. In all, the Czech Republic has granted 389,296 visas to the displaced people.
  • Since the start of the war over four months ago, 342,834 people have been registered with the immigration police. On Thursday, there were another 2,522.
  • On Monday, the regional assistance center of help will reopen in the Vysočany district in Prague.

July 7, 2022

 The heavily burned Ukrainian girl whom Czech soldiers brought in critical condition to Prague in late March is successfully completing her treatment at the Prague-Vinohrady burn clinic and preparing for a rehabilitation stay in Košumberk , east Bohemia, the Czech military said today. Yulia, aged almost two, underwent a series of surgeries and skin transplants in Prague, where the military rescue medical service brought her and her mother aboard a CASA plane one month after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Refugees Few visas granted on national holiday

  • The Czech Republic granted 24 temporary protection visas to refugees from Ukraine on Wednesday, when there was a national holiday, while a week ago, it was 645, the Interior Ministry tweeted.
  • In all, the Czech Republic has granted 388,020 visas to displaced people. In general, the number of newly granted visas is decreasing. On workdays, the number of visas ranged between 600 and 700 last week, but a month ago, it was between 800 and 1,000.
  • Since the start of the war over four months ago, 340,312 people have been registered with the immigration police. On Wednesday, there were another 1,428.

July 6, 2022

Valerii Zaluzhnyi, chief of staff of the Ukrainian armed forces, thanked the Czech Republic and Poland for their deliveries of tanks to Ukraine. At a time Ukraine is facing a Russian military aggression, the aid from the two countries is invaluable, Zaluzhnyi wrote on the social media alongside a photo of the combat vehicles with Czech and Polish flags.

"We are grateful to the Polish and Czech people for your help and support to our army and our people who have found shelter in your countries fleeing Russian bombs and missiles," Zaluzhnyi added. "We are fighting for Ukraine, for the Czech Republic, for Poland. For every meter of our Slav country. We will survive it all together. Your tanks are help from real brothers."

July 5, 2022

The international community must be prepared to undertake the postwar reconstruction of Ukraine when the war ends, Czech PM Petr Fiala said at the start of an international conference on Monday. The conference has been called to prepare an outline for the complicated and costly process of repairing Ukraine's devastated cities and towns.

"To speak frankly, I do not know when the full-fledged reconstruction of Ukraine may start, but I do know that we must be ready," Fiala said. Fiala will lead the Czech Republic through its EU presidency, and has previously stated that the reconstruction of Ukraine is one of country's priorities during its six-month term.

Refugees Number of visas granted to Ukrainian refugees continues to decline

  • The Czech Republic granted visas to 1,186 refugees from Ukraine on Monday, 256 fewer than a week ago, according to the latest data published by the Czech Foreign Ministry.

  • The country has now granted a total of 387,945 special visas to Ukrainian refugees since Russian invaded Ukraine in February.

  • Since the beginning of the war, more than 337,148 refugees have registered with the Foreign Police. Children under the age of 15, who make up roughly a third of the refugees from Ukraine, do not have to register.

July 4, 2022

The European Union must work together against Russia, even though the member states legitimately have different stances on many issues, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala wrote in an article published by Politico today.

The Czech presidency of the Council of the EU will seek to look for unity even in further support to Ukraine. The Czech government also wants to promote the strengthening of joint European defense, lowering reliance on Russian gas and oil, and the related reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during the presidency, the prime minister said.

refugees Number of visas granted to Ukrainians recedes

  • The Czech Republic granted 25 temporary protection visas to Ukrainian refugees on Sunday, which is 139 fewer than a week ago.

  • A total of 386,759 refugees have obtained visas in the Czech Republic since the Feb. 24 start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

aid Fiala: Czech firms need to participate in Ukraine’s restoration

  • Czechia needs to do its utmost to see Czech firms and other entities get involved in the postwar reconstruction of Ukraine, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said.
  • Fiala said the postwar reconstruction of Ukraine will be a task for all key players from the democratic world, not only the EU but also the U.S., Canada, and Australia. He said big international firms and banks will have to be engaged in it.

integration České Budějovice employs four Ukrainian police assistants

  • The České Budějovice City Hall now has four Ukrainian crime prevention assistants who mainly help their compatriots with adaptation after they arrive in the city.

  • The city selected the assistants, two women and two men, from Ukrainians who have been living in České Budějovice for a longer time. 

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