The March of Gratitude passed through Prague. The Ukrainians wanted to thank the Czech Republic for the support it provided | iRADIO

A March of Gratitude passed through the center of Prague on Sunday afternoon, with which Ukrainians living in the Czech Republic wanted to express their gratitude for the support provided to them and their country by the Czech Republic. According to the police, around 500 people gathered on Wenceslas Square, the event went off without incident, said Prague police spokesman Jan Daněk. Several hundred thousand Ukrainians have fled to the Czech Republic since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.



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18:16 September 4, 2022

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The March of Gratitude passed through Prague. The Ukrainians wanted to express their gratitude for the support that the Czechia gave them Photo: Ukrainian Embassy Twitter | Source: Twitter of the Ukrainian Embassy

The participants of the march gathered around noon on Sunday under the statue of St. Wenceslas. After the opening speech and chanting “Thank you!”, they set off towards Můstek and Old Town Square.

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“Today in Prague, police officers supervised the announced gathering called the Action of Gratitude to the Citizens of the Czech Republic for their support of Ukraine. The gathering began at Wenceslas Square at noon and the planned march to Old Town Square began at 1:00 p.m. During the entire event, we did not have to solve any problem,” Prague police spokesman Jan Daněk told Radiožurnál.

The participants, among whom there was a significant preponderance of women, carried Czech and Ukrainian flags, as well as a hand-made banner thanking them for the warm welcome in the Czech Republic. The exact number of Ukrainian refugees residing in the Czech Republic is not known.

At the end of August, half a year after the start of the Russian invasion, Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) estimated their number at more than 300,000. So far, 424,302 Ukrainian refugees have received temporary protection visas.

According to the organizers of the largest domestic fundraisers, Czechs have sent more than four billion kroner to support Ukraine in six months since the beginning of the Russian invasion, and they continue to contribute.

In addition to helping victims of war and refugees, the money is also used to purchase weapons for the Ukrainian army. The Czech Republic has so far provided Ukraine with military equipment worth 3.8 billion crowns.

“Thank you Prague”. About 500 people took part in the march Photo: Ukrainian Embassy Twitter | Source: Twitter of the Ukrainian Embassy

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