Illustration photo – Chief of the General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic Karel Řehka at a briefing after a meeting with the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces for Transformation (SACT) Philippe Lavigne, February 13, 2023, Prague.
Prague – At today's command meeting, the leadership of the Czech army will evaluate its main tasks for last year. Defense Minister Jana Černochová (ODS) and Chief of the General Staff Karel Řehka will speak in the public part. The event will not be attended by President Miloš Zeman, who stated at the previous gathering in November that this was his last speech on this occasion.
Command meetings of the Czech army are held regularly in autumn and spring. The autumn meeting mainly focuses on the plans for the following year, the February one on the evaluation of the previous year. Today, the soldiers will primarily return to the events brought about by Russia's invasion of Ukraine last February.
The Ministry of Defense told ČTK at the weekend that the Czech Republic donated about 4.8 billion worth of unused military equipment to Ukraine in the year since the Russian invasion crowns. Czech armorers then exported more than 50 billion crowns worth of military equipment to the country. Dozens of Ukrainian soldiers were treated in Czech military hospitals, Ukrainian military equipment is repaired or Ukrainian soldiers are trained here.
Rehka said at his first command meeting in November that in a conflict between Russia and NATO, the Czech army would be his active participant from the first minute. The speeches also mostly related to the conflict in Ukraine and the lessons that the Czech Republic must learn from it.