The Prime Minister also said that the Czechs would continue to supply weapons to Ukraine. “What is happening in Ukraine cannot leave anyone indifferent,” Fiala said.
The prime minister spoke cautiously about possible supplies of heavy weapons, such as warplanes or tanks, from Western countries. According to him, such supplies are no longer simple when they have to be the kind that Ukraine can handle and repair. The international community is ready to help, looking for resources, says Fiala.
Regarding an earlier request from Ukrainian officials to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine, the Prime Minister said that it could be set up by Ukrainian forces if they had the appropriate weapons. “Other things are being worked on, I can’t go into details,” the prime minister added.
According to Fiala, the Ministry of Finance is calculating the costs the Czechs have so far borne with the refugee influx and forecasting these costs in the future. “So we can ask for support from the European Union,” he said. The Czech Republic, along with Poland, is one of the countries most affected because it is a destination country, he reminded.
To date, more than three and a half million people, mostly women and children, had left Ukraine before the Russian invasion. The majority of them went to Poland, which was registered on its territory according to UNHCR more than two million Ukrainians.
In Europe, this is the fastest refugee crisis since World War II. According to server Security said Filippo Grandi, Commissioner of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Many countries have opened their borders to refugees. More than 270,000 people from Ukraine came to the Czech Republic in the first three weeks of the Russian invasion, and the state passed laws to facilitate their access to jobs, health insurance and studies.
In Germany too, refugees from Ukraine will soon receive residence and work permits, and Ukrainian children can start school immediately. Denmark has also passed a law that would allow refugees from Ukraine to start work, go to school and receive social benefits, immediately upon arrival.
Similarly, Poland will allow refugees from Ukraine to work legally or obtain social and health insurance. However, some countries, such as Hungary, are still rethinking their approach to the Ukrainian people and will devise plans to address the potential increase in migration.
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