According to Deputy Minister for Security Petr Hlubuček (United Forces / STAN), Prague is now ready to immediately accommodate 2,420 citizens of Ukraine, for whom it has beds in factories, hostels and boarding schools. To transport possible war migrants, the city can use a fleet of thousands of buses of the transport company, as well as cars of volunteer fire brigades and other entities. “With the fire brigade, we are ready for major disasters the year before the Assistance project. It is a matter of concentrating comprehensive material and psychosocial support in one place, “said Hlubuček, according to which this center can be put into operation within a few hours and would be located in the headquarters or branches of the city library.
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“It is assumed that the refugees will be concentrated in the facility for securing foreigners in Vyšní Lhota and from there to the regions. This implies a possible requirement for the regions to ensure the possibilities of accommodation capacities and transport from Vyšné Lhoty to the place of accommodation, “Hlubuček added to the expected scenarios of the near future.
Mayor Zdeněk Hřib added that Prague could quickly find more free accommodation capacity, but probably mainly in very emergency conditions. Hřib also spoke again in favor of making part of Stromovka public, which the Russians incorporated into the premises of their embassy after the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. “I want to reopen the topic with the new Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Of course, diplomacy will now have many other tasks, but there is no reason for the case in question, “the mayor added.
According to the chairman of the opposition club of the YES movement, the escalation of the current conflict may also have an impact on the local labor market. “Problems can arise, for example, in the Czech healthcare system if there is a general mobilization in Ukraine. That must be taken into account, “pointed out Ondřej Prokop.
The rector of CTU also joined the criticism
The rector of CTU, Vojtěch Petráček, joined the condemnation of Russian aggression. “One state cannot be allowed to divide another state by its own decision and appropriate its part, or help to do so. Violence always arouses violence and lack of freedom. Violence cannot be forced into a voluntary and wanted relationship between countries, “Petráček wrote, according to which” arguments about the essential needs of minorities and their protection and a number of unproven claims against Ukraine are very reminiscent of historical parallels from the Sudetenland recalls the August invasion of Warsaw Pact troops in 1968, “the rector continued, adding that the university itself was ready to defend the ideals of democracy and freedom and to face Russian propaganda.
“Our role will definitely include finding and providing objective information, finding ways to help those who will (or are) affected by the war, sharing our historical experience and clarifying the tricks of propaganda and fake news, etc. We will also look for all possibilities to help our students. who will be affected by this conflict, “stated Petráček. According to him, the university will also not oppose potential experts who could arrive with a possible “migration wave”.
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Information about the Russian invasion has also “crushed” Belarusian Stepan Vashkevich, who has lived in Prague for the last few years, where he works as an environmental expert for the Institute of Circular Economics. “I saw the news on the tram this morning, and there was a colossal blow that took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. My memories of August 2020 are still very much alive and remind me that the healthiest thing I can do now is to go out and vent all anger, shock, frustration and, after all, fear and uncertainty, “Vashkevich responded, alluding to last year’s attempt to overthrow. Belarusian dictator and ally of the Russian regime Alexander Lukashenko.
According to statistics, almost 70,000 Ukrainians and about 28,000 Russians with temporary or permanent residence lived in Prague last year.