Prime Minister Andrej Plenković visited the Plitvice Motel in Zagreb's Lučko neighborhood, where Ukrainian refugees are housed. He was accompanied by Health Minister Vili Beroš, Civil Protection Director Damir Trut and Ukrainian Ambassador to Croatia Vasilj Kirilič. In a statement after the visit to the refugees, Plenković emphasized that all competent services are working on the reception of people coming from all parts of Ukraine and said that Croatia will do everything to make their stay in Croatia as normal as possible.
After visiting the refugees at the Plitvice Motel, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković thanked the Deputy Director of the Croatian Red Cross, the Director of Civil Protection and the Ukrainian Ambassador, who visited the Plitvice Motel, one of the reception points in Croatia for receiving refugees from Ukraine. He said that so far, according to the data of the Civil Protection Directorate, there are 1,217 Ukrainians in Croatia, and in Motel Plitvice there are slightly more than 70 of them, mostly women and children.
“We have some of them in Varaždinske Toplice and in Osijek. Most Ukrainians who have come to Croatia so far have either come to their own homes in Croatia or gone to their friends, acquaintances, where they used to come and where they feel familiar with the environment and atmosphere they come to,” he said.
He added that at the Plitvice Motel they talked to people from Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa, Ivano-Frankivsk, different parts of Ukraine.
“Today, Minister Davor Božinović is in Hungary. He went together with Mr. Robert Mark from the Croatian Red Cross, his Hungarian counterpart, Vice President of the Commission Skines, to the Hungarian-Ukrainian border to see how we can help, facilitate, speed up the transfer of people from Ukraine who want to come to Croatia through Hungary,” reported Plenković.
Civil Protection is coordinating the reception process
“We are making comprehensive preparations for the reception of our friends and refugees from Ukraine who, due to this brutal Russian aggression against Ukraine, have found themselves in a situation where they have to leave their homes. Civil Protection coordinates the whole process. We have set up a working group, everyone is involved. I would also like to thank the staff of the Plitvice Motel, the Croatian Red Cross, doctors, nurses and available medical teams,” said the Prime Minister.
He added that all the people who came were examined, all were healthy, there were several cases of COVID that were all isolated, but all were in good condition.
“From here, we will work on the next steps of the plan for their placement in Croatia, and then, of course, on integration if their stay is longer. So, children are here, they must also have the opportunity to go to kindergartens and schools. We will make every effort to have, based on all the data available to us, this integration and, as far as possible, a more normal, appropriate life in all aspects for the people who will come to Croatia. We said that at the beginning of this crisis and we will implement it in coordination with all competent services," said Prime Minister Plenković.
He said that he believes that this is, unfortunately, just the beginning and that the number of people coming from Ukraine in the coming days will be even higher.
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