This week, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the representative of the Czech Embassy in Moscow, Jan Ondřejka, to protest against Prague’s stance on the recent attack on the Ukrainian village of Hroza. Russian diplomacy wrote this on its website on Saturday.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, dozens of people were killed in the airstrike on Hroza, and Kiev blames Russia for the attack. Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský summoned Alexander Zmejevský, the Russian ambassador to the Czech Republic, to the office of the Russian ambassador to the Czech Republic a few days ago because of the attack on Hroza.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the accusation of the invasion forces of the attack on Hroza as a “fabrication” and, according to its words, communicated the Russian position on the situation around Ukraine to the Czech diplomat.
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Russian diplomacy complained about the “Czech Republic’s role in the Ukrainian conflict”, as Moscow described its aggression towards the neighboring country, as well as Prague’s active support of Kiev “with the aim of inflicting a strategic defeat on Russia” and the provision of weapons to Ukraine. “It contributes to the continuation of the conflict and the destabilization of the entire region,” says the Russian ministry’s website. Vítězslav Pivoňka is officially the Czech ambassador to Russia, but he has been staying in the Czech Republic for several months.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, 55 people were killed in an air strike on Hroza at the end of October, the attack hit a local cafe, where dozens of people were commemorating the memory of a fallen Ukrainian soldier. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) sent a field team to investigate the air strike on Hroza. The OHCHR also said the missile was likely fired by Russia, but that the attack needed to be investigated.