Morning News: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

  • Czech people collected the first two million crowns for a Premysl rocket launcher in the record-short time of four hours yesterday, which is the quickest start of a Czech public campaign of raising money to buy weapons for the Ukrainian military, the Gift for Putin project’s co-author Martin Ondracek has told CTK.


  • War in Europe is not impossible and there will not be enough time to react unless Czechia prepares for it in the long-term also during peacetime, the Chief of the Czech Army’s General Staff Karel Řehka said at a meeting of commanders at the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday, adding that membership in NATO is the best possible deterrent that lowers the possibility of such threats occurring in the first place.


  • President-elect and former high-ranking army and NATO official Petr Pavel has been definitively acknowledged the winner of the presidential election as the Supreme Administrative Court (NSS) decided on all election complaints, the court announced in a press release today.


  • The regional governor of Moravia-Silesia, Ivo Vondrák, has left the ANO party’s club in the Chamber of Deputies, the head of the grouping, Alena Schillerová, announced at a press conference on Tuesday. The vote was unanimous.


  • A special paper for Ukrainian refugees, issued by the National Institute of Mental Health (NUDZ), that is to help with their psychological support will be available online on the website as of Thursday, NUDZ spokesman Jan Cervenka told journalists today. The readers can also find the paper in assistance centres, branches of state institutions and other organisations working with refugees

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