Illustration photo – Tomáš Kopečný on an archival image.
Prague – The Government Plenipotentiary for the Reconstruction of Ukraine Tomáš Kopečný discussed Czech assistance in ensuring the necessary functions of the city infrastructure and the operation of city hospitals in Kyiv. The representative told ČTK. The goal of further missions to Ukraine will also be contacts between Czech and Ukrainian experts in the field of rehabilitation, according to Kopečný, doctors in the Czech Republic have enormous know-how.
Kiev Mayor Vitalij Klitschko informed about the meeting on Tuesday. In addition to Kopečný, there were also representatives of Czech business among the guests, he wrote on Facebook.
Kopečný stated that the goal of his mission is the coordination of Czech activities in the reconstruction of Ukraine. According to him, the mayor of Kyiv congratulated the Czech Republic on the election of the new president Petr Pavel.
“From the point of view of reconstruction, mayor Kličko noted that, for example, over 800 family houses and 470 apartment buildings were destroyed in Kyiv alone. Mr. Kličko thanked the Czech Republic for help to date, not only in the area of arms and other military supplies. According to him, Ukraine is fighting not only for itself, but for the whole of Europe,” said Kopečný.
The negotiations concerned Czech assistance in ensuring the functions of city infrastructure, but also in the operation of city hospitals. Specific projects are already being implemented in Ukraine, for example in the Lviv region, where thanks to the Czech Republic, several operating theaters in Vynnyky Hospital were fully equipped, Kopečný said.
“In the Kyiv region, I visited the central hospital of the Ministry of the Interior, which has already treated more than 2,000 wounded Ukrainian soldiers. This particular hospital has already been hit by Russian missiles five times since the beginning of the war. There are many opportunities for Czech organizations, hospitals and companies to prove that in the field of health care, we belong to the world's top,” added the representative.
According to him, Czech doctors have enormous know-how in the field of rehabilitation, so he will not only try to connect domestic and Ukrainian experts. “In connection with severe injuries, we can also offer a range of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Czech Republic,” he said. Kopečný discussed this with representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.
The restoration of Ukraine must proceed according to the preferences and ideas of the Ukrainians themselves and must happen now, despite the war conflict. “This is the only way we can help Ukraine in its persistent struggle and ensure a better life for its inhabitants after the war,” he concluded.
Ukraine has been the target of attacks by Russian troops since last February. Since last fall, Russia has regularly carried out airstrikes against Ukrainian energy infrastructure and cities, including Kiev. Klitschko also reported attacks in the capital last Thursday during the latest massive wave of attacks.