Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has criticized what he called a lack of NATO support since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine three months ago. “The EU has proven to be an organization capable of acting as a united front and taking powerful, important and difficult decisions unlike NATO,” the minister said Thursday evening during a national telethon intended to collect funds for the country. The EU will donate 680 million Czech crowns to the Czech Republic to fight the wave of refugees, Germany donates 15 tanks to the Czech Republic.
Refugees Most Ukrainian Solidarity Grant Applications Settled
Military Ukrainian fighter missile signed “For those who were shot down during the Prague Spring 1968!”
Policy State of emergency extended until end of June
SUPPORT German Ministry of Defense confirms donation of 15 tanks to Czechia
May 19, 2022
The rapid entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO has been suspended, due to opposition from Turkey, which has blocked the opening of the debate. All existing members must agree to accept new members. German Chancellor Olaf Schulz told the German parliament that the war in Ukraine was a “turning point in history” and that Germany would not accept any terms for an end to the fighting that Russia would like to dictate. He added that NATO cannot get involved in war. The EU must already start preparing to help rebuild Ukraine, which will cost billions of euros, he said.
Policy Govt. approves stricter measures for refugees
The government approved stricter rules for Ukrainian refugees called Lex Ukraine II. The amendment was put in place so that the government could handle the Ukrainian crisis without a state of emergency, Interior Minister Vít Rakušan said. The new amendment implements the following measures:
Refugees Fewer temporary protection visas issued than last week
Support for the opposition The Ministry of Foreign Affairs helps persecuted Russians and Belarusians
May 18, 2022
Neutrals throughout the Cold War, Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday at the military alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, beginning a membership process that could reshape transatlantic security, as attacks continued in western Ukraine – not far from the border of the military alliance in Poland. .
Policy Government may extend state of emergency over Ukrainian migration
Refugees Rakušan and Hřib meet with governors to discuss refugee redistribution
military A Czech Gripen plane intervened on a Russian plane
May 17, 2022
About 10 buses carrying Ukrainian soldiers left the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, Ukraine, Reuters news agency reported. Ukrainian commander Denys Prokopenko said his men had accomplished their mission and he wanted to keep his subordinates alive. He did not characterize the withdrawal as a surrender. The Ukrainian army said it was trying to evacuate all remaining troops from Mariupol. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said the evacuees would be subject to a possible prisoner swap with Russia.
Czechs in Ukraine Body of missing Czech volunteer found in grave near Kyiv
Policy The government will seek to extend the state of emergency
Assistance Czech government plans to tighten controls on benefits
Refugees 15,000 refugees arrived by train in the first half of May
Punishments EU fails to agree on new round of sanctions against Russia
May 16, 2022
Russia has called Finland’s and Sweden’s moves to join NATO a ‘mistake’ which could have ‘profound consequences’ – with the two Nordic countries having sent troops to take part in large-scale NATO exercises military alliance. NATO member and partner countries will hold large-scale exercises in Estonia and Lithuania. Meanwhile, Prague struggles to accommodate Ukrainian refugees as the tent city of Troja reaches capacity. Demonstrators in Prague’s Old Town Square show their support for the evacuation of soldiers trapped in the Azovstal from Mariupol.
Refugees The refugee tent camp in Troja is almost at capacity
ASSISTANCE British agency launches “Homes for Ukraine” program in Prague
Support Hundreds gather in Prague to support Azovstal soldiers
Policy The government will launch a new aid system for refugees