Croatia has received its first refugees from Ukraine! The Croatian Deputy Prime Minister, Davor Bozonović, commented today that “A dozen people from Ukraine entered Croatia today and they came through private channels, friendly contacts and were accommodated in private accommodation.” He added that Croatia has facilities to accommodate refugees and is ready to help.
A special meeting was held today at which the government, the Civil Protection Headquarters and the Croatian Red Cross were all present.
“Everyone who deals with refugee issues was there. We have decided to structure the coordination through one government body that will engage with as much intensity as the situation requires of our institutions. We reviewed the current situation on these issues,” commented Božinović after the special meeting.
And he added that tomorrow he will travel to Brussels to attend a meeting at the EU level “given that the potential is such that more or less all EU member states are likely to be involved, all countries have prepared for to accept refugees.”
The Croatian Red Cross announced that it had put its forces on alert. They stated that they are carrying out the definition of reception capacity and that Red Cross societies that have the possibility of accommodating people in the Republic of Croatia are also involved in this process.
Katarina Zorić, the spokesperson of the Croatian Red Cross commented for N1 that so far there are no concrete announcements about the arrival of people from Ukraine to Croatia, but that they are already in a state of readiness.
"Already yesterday, we asked the Red Cross societies throughout the Republic of Croatia to provide us with available capacities to accommodate people. We are preparing, we are ready, but we do not have concrete information about the arrival of refugees yet,” added Zorić.
And she added that the Croatian Red Cross is in the process of announcing an appeal to collect donations for Ukraine. “At the beginning of the week, Monday or Tuesday, we will announce an appeal. For now, we will be collecting cash donations. When we define what exactly people need, then we will be able to talk about sending material aid.”