Prime Minister: the Czech Republic is counting on military aid to Ukraine


Update: 21.08.2022 13:03

Prague – The Czech Republic is counting on additional military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. He wants help now with the repair of war-damaged schools, hospitals and other things so that the country can continue to function. The Czechia wants to coordinate this support during its EU presidency. Prime Minister Petr Fiala told journalists today after the memorial event for the anniversary of the occupation of Czechoslovakia.

“We’re going to continue what we’re doing. We’re going to continue sending military equipment to Ukraine. We’re developing negotiations with Ukraine on post-war aid and also where we could help now, whether it’s repairing schools, health facilities, those things that Ukrainians need so that they can live normally to a large extent. I think that this is the task not only of the Czech Republic, but also of other countries. We also use the role of the EU presidency to coordinate things so that aid from Europe is really effective,” said Fiala .

In addition to military aid and reconstruction, the prime minister mentioned humanitarian and diplomatic aid. “We will continue in all these directions, because we are aware that Ukraine is facing huge odds. And only if countries like ours and other western democratic countries help them, Ukrainians will be able to withstand the Russian odds,” said the Prime Minister.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. Since then, the Czechia has issued 415,700 protection visas to war refugees. It thus accepted the most refugees per population. The Czech Republic has been sending weapons and military material to Ukraine since the beginning. The Czech side usually does not publish precise information about deliveries. They only appear after the fact, often in shots from the battlefields. Other material also travels to Ukraine, such as fire trucks or medical equipment.

In addition to Fiala, other coalition and opposition politicians today also compared the Russian invasion of Ukraine to the occupation of Czechoslovakia, which began on the night of August 20-21, 1968. A number of them said that it is necessary to stand up to aggression and defend freedom.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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