Illustration photo – Press conference at the Kempinski Grand Hotel on the second day of President Miloš Zeman's visit to Slovakia, February 7, 2023, Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia.
Prague – On the occasion of one year since the start of the war in Ukraine, President Miloš Zeman once again condemned Russian aggression. At the same time, he once again called on the Czech nation for the bravery shown by the Ukrainian people and its army. According to him, the times are not easy. Today, Zeman's statement was published on Twitter by the presidential office. The Russian army invaded Ukraine last night on February 24.
“It's been a year since I condemned Russian aggression against Ukraine in an extraordinary televised speech. I said then that we must behave like brave people who do not allow aggression in their own interests to please… Those words still apply. We do not live in simple times, but that's why we have to be brave. Like the exceptionally brave Ukrainian people and their army,” Zeman said today.
Shortly after the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, the Czech president stated in a televised speech, among other things, that Russia is committing a crime against peace and his attack on Ukraine must be roundly condemned, including the actions. Zeman expressed his full support for Ukraine, its leadership and its people and called on the citizens of the Czech Republic to remain calm.
“I like Russian culture, I respect the sacrifices of the Russian people in World War II, but that does not mean that I will agree to it for a foreign army to enter the territory of a sovereign state without declaring war,” Zeman said a year ago about Russian aggression. At the same time, he admitted that he was wrong a week before when he doubted the Russian attack on Ukraine.
Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) also commented on the year-long war between Russia and Ukraine on Thursday. In a video posted on Twitter, he said that Russia has crossed all limits of humanity in Ukraine, and that is why Ukraine must win. Fiala assured Ukraine of support from the Czech Republic.