19:28 / 27.02.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Croatia begins taking in Ukrainian refugees

Ukrainian refugees arrive in Zagreb

Ukrainian refugees arrive in Zagreb

Foto: Emica Elvedji / PIXSELL

According to the United Nations some 380 thousand people have already fled Ukraine. Croatia is in the process of adopting a decision to form a working group that will deal with taking in refugees from Ukraine, a handful of which have already arrived in Croatia. Refugee reception centers are already up and running in Zagreb and Osijek.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the head of the Osijek-Baranja County Civil Protection Directorate, Mato Lukić, said that facilities in Osijek have been brought online, with room for some one hundred refugees: "As you can see last night we set up beds and throughout the day we will organize food as needed."

Fighting in Ukraine continued for a fourth day today, with Russian forces entering Kharkiv, the second largest city in the country. Ukraine forces continue to resist the Russian attack, maintaining control over the capital, Kiev.

Meanwhile, the former Ukrainian Ambassador to Croatia, Oleksandr Levchenko, who is currently in the relatively peaceful outskirts of Kiev, told Croatian Television on Sunday that his country needs weapons and fuel: "The shipment of fuel and weapons is a problem. These are the primary issues we face. Moral among the Ukrainian people is relatively high, that's really not a problem. The problem is that support needs to make its way to the people and our territorial defense. There is a massive number of commandos, which appears to be a new Russian tactic, and they are ravaging all of Ukraine with the goal of destroying the entire infrastructure. This is a new kind of warfare that Moscow has come up with, and that's what we're fighting."

In a televised address to his top military officials Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to call for his nuclear forces to be on standby: "Dear colleagues, you can see that western countries are not only introducing illegal economic sanctions, but high ranking NATO officials are allowing themselves to make aggressive statements aimed at our country. For this reason I have ordered the defense minister and the Chief of the General Staff to raise our deterrence forces to the level of combat alert."

There are also reports that the two sides appear to have agreed to hold negotiations at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, near the city of Gomel. The deputy head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office, Oleksiy Arestovich: "The fact that the Russian delegation has already arrived in Gomel, as far as we can see from the Russian media, to negotiate, in my opinion, means only one thing: they have lost the initiative and are no longer able to continue attacks on us."

Source: HRT

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