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The Russian-NATO border has doubled, the Ukrainians may prepare for a counterattack – Our war news on Wednesday

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More than 325,000 Ukrainian refugees live in the Czech Republic

Currently, 325,742 Ukrainian refugees live in the Czech Republic with an extraordinary residence permit, which entitles them to use the health, social and educational systems, as well as to work, the Czech Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday.

About two-thirds of adult Ukrainian refugees are women, while 30 percent of refugees are children, said Pavla Novotná, director of the ministry’s section dealing with migration affairs, at a press conference in Prague.

Since the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine last February, more than half a million Ukrainian citizens have applied for and received temporary asylum in the Czech Republic. In the meantime, the validity of about two hundred thousand extraordinary permits has expired, because the parties concerned did not request their renewal, which was ordered last December. According to the ministry, it is likely that these persons returned to Ukraine or left for a third country.

Most Ukrainian refugees live in Prague (80 thousand) and Central Bohemia (45 thousand). The fewest, barely ten thousand, settled in the Zlín region of Central Moravia. About 150,000 of the refugees are already working, mostly in low-skilled jobs. Language skills are usually an obstacle to filling jobs that require higher qualifications.

More than 70,000 Ukrainian children currently attend schools in the Czech Republic. According to the current rules, foreigners can obtain an extraordinary residence permit in the Czech Republic for a maximum of three years.


Ceferin: it is difficult to imagine the return of the Russians until the end of the war

According to Aleksander Ceferin, the re-elected president of the European Football Association (UEFA) on Wednesday, as long as the war in Ukraine continues, it is difficult to imagine the return of Russian teams to the international scene.

My personal opinion is that it would be difficult to change anything until the end of the war

– said the Slovenian sports leader at the press conference following the renewal general assembly in Lisbon, who added that the UEFA governing body can decide on the possible exclusion of the Belarusians, and the situation is currently being investigated. The commission will next meet on June 28.

In addition to UEFA, the international federation (FIFA) also excluded the Russian national team and clubs from all competition series in February 2022, but in recent weeks, on the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee, international organizations of several sports began to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes back in neutral colors.


Mateusz Morawiecki and Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a memorandum of understanding on the delivery of military equipment

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a memorandum of understanding on the delivery of KTO Rosomak-type armored combat vehicles and other military equipment in Warsaw on Wednesday.

After bilateral negotiations, the two leaders signed the document, which Zelensky announced at the joint press conference: the statement also refers to the delivery of Krab self-propelled guns and Rak self-propelled batteries. Morawiecki announced on Saturday that Ukraine has ordered a hundred new KTO Rosomak armored fighting vehicles from Poland.

In the presence of Morawiecki and Zelenskiy, they also signed an agreement on the joint production of 125 millimeter tank ammunition, as well as a memorandum of understanding on the participation of Polish companies in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. In this context, Morawiecki said at the press conference: hundreds of Polish companies are ready to participate in the reconstruction of Ukraine, the first relevant contracts were signed on Wednesday. Regarding the export of Ukrainian grain, Zelenskiy announced at a joint press conference with Morawiecki that “they found a way out”. “I think that in the next few days or weeks there will be a final solution to this issue,” the Ukrainian president added.

The Polish Prime Minister also touched on the fact that Poland, together with the European Commission and Ukraine, strives for the return of Ukrainian children who were taken to Russia, and called what happened “extreme barbarism”.

According to his report, the exhumation of the Polish victims of the Volhynia massacre of 1942-1943 was also on the agenda of the negotiations with Zelenskiy. “Today there is a chance to write this story anew, based on truth,” Morawiecki referred to the mass murders committed by the former Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which Warsaw considers genocide.

Morawiecki also stated: a new railway border crossing is opened between the two countries. Zelenskiy said about this: the Rawa Ruska-Hrebenne crossing on the Warsaw-Kiev railway line is expected to be opened soon. Traffic has been suspended at the border crossing since 2005.

On Wednesday afternoon, Volodymyr Zelenskiy took part in the Polish-Ukrainian Economic Forum together with Polish President Andrzej Duda, and in the evening the two presidents will give a speech in the Royal Castle in Warsaw.


The Russians were allowed to use cluster projectiles in the Donetsk region

At least two local residents were killed and four were injured when Russian forces opened fire on Olekshiyevo-Druzskivka settlement in Donetsk region, he said on Wednesday. Pavlo Kirilenkothe governor of the region on Telegram.

According to the official, the attack hit the small town around 11 a.m. local time, and the Russian forces hit a populated area. He added that according to the first information, the attackers cluster bombs were deployed. Pyrotechnicians are working on the site to neutralize the unexploded projectiles.


UNESCO assured Ukraine of its additional support

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will provide Ukraine with additional support, Audrey Azoulay, the director general of the organization, announced in Kyiv on Wednesday.

“From the first days of the war, UNESCO has stood by Ukraine to help protect the cultural heritage of the Ukrainian people, education and the physical integrity of journalists,” Azoulay said at a press conference in the Ukrainian capital.

In addition to the tools for the protection of monuments and works of art, the organization for the purpose of distance education within the framework of an emergency plan, It delivered fifty thousand computers worth 30 million dollars (10.3 billion forints) to the country.

The organization also provided journalists with protective equipment.

“The support will continue and increase in 2023,” added the director general of the organization. Azoulay also said that in the following weeks, UNESCO will more than 10 million dollars (4.4 billion forints) mobilizes for the development of Ukrainian education. The goal is primarily the spiritual strengthening of school students.

They said the damage caused by the Russian offensive against Ukraine is enormous.

In the next ten years, the country would need a total of 6.9 billion dollars (3,000 billion forints) in the cultural sector alone to restore the damage caused.

According to UNESCO, Volodymyr Zelenskiy requested the organization’s help in developing a rehabilitation plan for the country’s cultural sector, as well as in coordinating and mobilizing international actors.


Russian TV channels can no longer be watched online in Estonia

The Estonian media supervisory authority blocked access to Internet sites where until now the programs of Russian TV channels could be watched online – the Baltic news portal reported on Wednesday.

According to the authority’s reasoning, the measure was taken in order to protect Estonia’s information space and to enforce the previously ordered sanctions.

The Baltic Republic used to be 1It restricted the broadcasting of 95 Russian websites and 51 Russian television stations on the grounds that they are spreading hostile propaganda.


ORFK: more than 8,500 people arrived from Ukraine on Tuesday

4,595 people entered Hungary at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border section on Tuesday, and 3,982 of those entering the Romanian-Hungarian border section declared that they came from Ukraine, the National Police Headquarters (ORFK) informed MTI on Wednesday.

According to the announcement, the police issued 30-day temporary residence certificates to 47 of those admitted. During this time, they must visit the office of the National Directorate General of Aliens, which is competent according to their place of residence, to obtain the final documents, they wrote.

53 people – including 22 children – arrived in Budapest by train fleeing the war in Ukraine, the ORFK announced.

The Budapest Police Headquarters announced on the website that it is assisting refugees arriving by train from Ukraine with the Emergency Police. The Budapest Civil Guard Association also provides support in the tasks.

They are in constant contact with the National Directorate General of Disaster Prevention, the National Directorate General of Immigration, the Hungarian State Railways Ltd., the Budapest Transport Center, the Police Directorate of the Metropolitan Municipality, the Government Office of the Capital City of Budapest, as well as the staff of aid organizations, they wrote.


The Russian-NATO border has doubled, the Ukrainians may prepare for a counterattack – Our war news on Wednesday

Finland successfully joined NATO yesterday, doubling the joint border section of the military alliance with Russia. Even the Russian military leadership expects that the spring Ukrainian counter-offensive can start within days, in Zapoizsja County. Our article is constantly updated with the most important news of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Our coverage from Tuesday can be read here.

Cover photo: Ukrainian artillery in the area of ​​Bahmut on April 3. Source: Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images