The President of the Republic of Srpska Željka Cvijanović and the Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik visited the Ukrainian Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord today and met with representatives of the Ukrainian community in Prnjavor.
The President Cvijanović said that the Republic of Srpska is available to Ukrainian associations and churches in order to help the people in Ukraine.
“Knowing that today we live in a world that is ruthless and in which we have different phenomena, we understand that there is special concern in the Ukrainian community within the Republic of Srpska and BiH, and that is why we wanted to say that we are here, as many countries were at the disposal to our people during all the times of suffering”, it was pointed out the President of the Republic.
The President of Srpska stated that at today’s meeting in Prnjavor, which was attended by the Serb member of the Presidency of BiH Milorad Dodik, ministers in the Government of the Republic of Srpska, representatives of Prnjavor municipality and the Ukrainian national community, concrete steps were agreed to help the Ukrainian people, authorities, associations and clergy.
This is a humanitarian aspect, reception of people, refugees, possibly reception of children who could spend some time here, financing of costs and obligations by republic institutions, collection of concrete humanitarian aid which we will direct through the existing channels, but also through those who have a more global approach, it was explained by the President of the Republic.
The President Cvijanović said that she supports the work of Ukrainian associations and what is important in improving their position, and especially in nurturing and preserving identity features.
“The Ukrainian community in the Republic of Srpska nurtures and has good bridges of cooperation with its ancestral homeland or motherland”, it was pointed out by the President of Srpska.
The President of the Republic of Srpska added that the municipality of Prnjavor, also known as “Little Europe”, has always been a safe, stable home not only for the constituent peoples, but also for the numerous minority peoples living in it.