The authorities of the Czech Republic strongly condemned the actions of the Russian occupation forces that damaged the honorary consulate of the Czech Republic in Kharkiv.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed through a press release that due to the high pressure caused by the missile attacks, the windows of the consulate building were shattered, while the same confirmed that the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Kharkiv, Oleg Chigrinov, and his assistant were not injured.
“On March 1, 2022, the honorary consulate of the Czech Republic in Kharkiv was damaged during a heavy missile bombing of Kharkiv by the Russian occupation forces. The pressure wave smashed the windows of the consulate building, and the extent of the damage inside the office buildings is not yet known. Fortunately, the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Kharkiv, Oleg Chigrinov, as well as his assistant, are fine and have not suffered any health damage, ”said the statement of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The authorities of the Czech Republic denounced the action and said that the heavy Russian missile bombing of Kharkiv proves once again that Russia targets civilians and civilian buildings, despite its public statement not to do so, according to TheSchengen.com.
The Russian aggression, which is baseless and unjustified, the cowardice of which does not fail even the most defenseless, must end immediately. The ministry added that Russian forces should leave the entire territory of Ukraine without any conditions.
Russian forces target residential areas in the city of Kharkiv, as well as hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure.
At least three schools are believed to have been bombed by the Russian military on 1 March. During the same day, two apartment buildings were also hit. Several missiles also exploded near a supermarket with people inside.
The Kharkiv City Council had announced that the bombing led to the death of a civilian and the wounding of 31 others. He revealed that among the wounded were 16 civilians and 15 soldiers.
Previously, the Czech Republic suspended the issuance of visas to citizens of Russia. The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, said that his country decided to take such a decision due to the massive Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, it was pointed out that this decision will not apply to those wishing to obtain a visa on humanitarian grounds.
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