Ukraine update: Prague to reopen refugee center despite mayor's objections

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

Written by Staff Published on 27.06.2022 13:43:00 (updated on 01.07.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes

July 1, 2022

Prague to reopen refugee assistance center, mayor considers it wrong

Prague will reopen its regional assistance center for Ukrainian refugees from July 11, Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said. He added that Prague, nevertheless, will do so based on the cabinet's decision, but it lacks accommodation capacities and can provide only emergency lodging in tent camps.

"From my point of view, this is a wrong decision as it does not deal with solving the situation where the number of refugees per head is up to four times higher than in some other regions," Hřib said. Overburdened with refugees fleeing from the war-stricken Ukraine and with the city's accommodation capacities exhausted, Prague closed the refugee assistance center, located in Prague-Vysočany, in mid-June.

refugees More than 82,500 refugees from Ukraine found jobs in Czechia

  • More than 82,500 refugees from the war-stricken Ukraine have found jobs in the country, contributing to the social security system and paying taxes to the state budget.

  • The Czech Republic has granted more than 386,000 temporary protection visas to refugees from Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion in February.

  • Some Ukrainian refugees who were accommodated in holiday resorts must leave the accommodation now as the main tourist season begins. However, the regional authorities said this did not cause any problems because they have enough accommodation capacities.

June 29, 2022

The signal toward Russia must be clear, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said when he arrived at the NATO summit, which continues in Madrid today with talks of the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s decision-making body. "The signal against Russia must be clear. We will keep supporting Ukraine and keep Russia from continuing in its aggressive politics," Fiala said on behalf of Czechia.

He said Czechia will also support the reinforcement of NATO’s joint budget and NATO's new strategic concept, which clearly mentions Russia as a threat. Fiala also said the big news of the summit is that Turkey would not block the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO.

aid Czech drones will help Ukraine

  • A Czech company is manufacturing small reconnaissance and combat drones from a small town, reported.
  • The designers of propeller ultralights threw themselves into this growing market segment thanks to the We Must Act initiative led by billionaire Dalibor Dědek, who chose their company as a supplier of drones for Ukraine.

June 28, 2022

refugees Refugees from Ukraine cause no rise in crime

  • The police have not recorded any growth in crime in connection with refugees from Ukraine in the Czech Republic, police president Martin Vondrášek said.

  • Vondrasek said there were mainly minor offenses among the Ukrainians.

  • The police have received 780 reports in connection with the war in Ukraine, primarily due to hateful comments on social media.

  • The Czech Republic granted temporary protection visas to some 1,400 Ukrainians fleeing from the war on Monday, about the same as a week ago. The total number of the issued visas for refugees has reached 384,059 since the Russian invasion started in February.

diplomacy Czech culture minister to meet European counterparts in Lviv

  • Czech Culture Minister Martin Baxa will go to Lviv on Wednesday at the invitation of Ukrainian Culture and Information Policy Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko to take part in a meeting of culture ministers of Central and East European countries and Baltic states.

  • On Wednesday, the culture ministers of Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia, and Poland will meet in Lviv, which is the biggest city in western Ukraine. The center of Lviv is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

June 27, 2022

police Police suspect two Czech volunteers of looting in Ukraine

  • The National Center against Organized Crime (NCOZ) is investigating the case of two Czech volunteers, members of a battalion in the Ukrainian army, who were allegedly looting in the war zone around Kyiv. 

  • If found guilty, they face up to 20 years in prison or even an exceptional sentence. One of the volunteers confessed to looting. He said soldiers beat him several times and kept him in the cellar of the Indian Embassy in Kyiv. The other Czech denied guilt.

  • Both are already in the Czech Republic. The Ukrainian police released them without charge. However, Czech criminal investigators are continuing to deal with the case, news server iRozhlas reports.

  • According to battalion lawyer Elena Rozvadovská, the volunteers had up to half a kilogram of silver and gold jewelry.

AID Prague negotiating with Kyiv to evacuate home for elderly

  • The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has been dealing with further assistance to Ukraine for several weeks now, Seznam Zprávy reports.

  • A home for the elderly with 200 people should be moved to the Czech Republic from the Dnipropetrovsk region in eastern Ukraine, which is near the front line.

refugees Czechia grants visas to 164 refugees from Ukraine

  • Czechia granted temporary protection visas to 164 Ukrainian refugees on Sunday, a similar number as a week ago.

  • The total number of visas issued since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is 382,617.

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