A procession of gratitude passed through Prague. Ukrainian men and women thanked the Czech Republic for the reception

Several hundred Ukrainians gathered in the center of Prague on Sunday to thank the Czech Republic for accepting them and providing them with refuge from the war. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, approximately 400,000 refugees received asylum in the Czech Republic within six months. The exact number of those residing in the country is not known, some leave for other European Union states, some return to Ukraine.

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

Photo: Radek Bartoníček

Photo: Martin Novák

Photo: Radek Bartoníček

Photo: Radek Bartoníček

The article is in Czech

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