Ukraine update: Former Ukrainian ambassador named Deputy Foreign Minister

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

Written by Staff Published on 25.07.2022 13:16:00 (updated on 30.07.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes

July 30, 2022

  • Outgoing Ukrainian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Yevhen Perebyinis has been named Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister, reports Ukrainian newspaper Ukrainska pravda.

  • Referring to German media, the paper said the post was also sought by Andriy Melnyk, the former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, who was recalled at the same time as Perebyinis.
  • On Friday, Perebyinis was presented a medal of merit for diplomacy by Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský.

  • The next Ukrainian Ambassador to the Czech Republic has not been named, but is not likely to be Czech President Miloš Zeman's "favorite", Petr Piruncik, writes Ukrainska Pravda.

July 28, 2022

  • PM Petr Fiala bestowed the Karel Kramář Medal, the Czech prime minister's award, on the outgoing Ukrainian ambassador Yevhen Perebyinis today.

  • Perebyinis became the ambassador to the Czech Republic in 2017. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed him from the post several weeks ago together with Ukraine's ambassadors to Germany, Hungary, Norway, and India, calling the rotation of ambassadors a usual practice in diplomacy.

  • "The ambassador stayed over five years in our country and I thank him for his cooperation very much. For his deep and warm relation to the Czech Republic, I presented him with the prime minister's award — the Karel Kramar Medal. I wish him well for the future," Fiala wrote.

  • The medal, named after the first Czechoslovak prime minister Karel Kramář (1860-1937), is the top award bestowed by the Czech PM.

July 27, 2022

  • Ukrainian soldiers injured while defending their country will come to the Czech Republic for treatment. Transport will be provided by the Czech army. Shortly before the start of the Russian invasion, Ukraine signed an agreement with the Czech Republic to help treat soldiers, reports daily Denik N. The first 12 Ukrainian soldiers are expected to arrive in the coming week, both the Ministry of Defense and Ukrainian Ambassador Jevhen Perebyjnis confirmed to the publication.

  • Retired ice hockey star Dominik Hašek says Czech players should be banned from playing for Russian-based clubs in the KHL, arguing it signals support for Russia’s war in Ukraine and going so far as to say that 15 years in prison would act as a deterrent. Hašek, 57, was a two-time Stanley Cup champion in the NHL before retiring after a single season with HC Spartak Moscow in the 2010-11 season.

July 26, 2022

refugees Over 95,000 Ukrainian refugees have found jobs in the Czech Republic

  • Over 95,000 Ukrainian refugees have found jobs in the Czech Republic, the Czech Labor Office reports. They mostly filled the positions that had long been vacant, it added.

  • The Czech Republic has granted temporary protection visas to 400,402 Ukrainian refugees since the war in Ukraine started in February.

  • According to Interior Minister Vít Rakušan, the figures from school enrollment indicate there are under 300,000 Ukrainians staying in the country.

July 25, 2022

refugees 3.5 percent of the population consist of immigrants from Ukraine

  • According to Interior Minister Vít Rakušan, there are currently around 300,000 people in the Czech Republic who came from Ukraine after Russia started a war against it.

  • "The Ukrainian diaspora was already huge here before the war. There were some 200,000 to 250,000 people here, but today, of course, those numbers have increased a lot," Rakušan said.

  • The total number of Ukrainians living in the Czech Republic amounts to half a million people, reports.

czechia Town halls take down Ukrainian flags

  • With the start of the war in Ukraine, most Czech cities and towns hung Ukrainian flags on their buildings as a sign of solidarity.

  • Recently, some cities have decided to remove the flag from their offices but did so for different reasons.

  • Some said it was due to repairs; in other places, it's people's requests. "There were comments from citizens that the Czech flag should hang on the town hall building," Náchod spokeswoman Nina Adlof told

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