The Mayor of Bratislava, Mr. Matus Vallo, was asked by the Ukrainian community to provide accommodation for the Ukrainian Centre:
– In pre-crisis times, Ukrainians, as one of the largest communities in the city, regularly held cultural events and gatherings, but were forced to use the open public places;
– The Ukrainian school in Bratislava is growing rapidly, and requires accommodation sufficient for the education of all old and new pupils from Ukrainian refugee families;
– The Ukraine-Slovakia SOS Coordination Centre for Aid to Refugees has more than 100 volunteers working on a permanent basis and communicates directly with the most senior representatives of the Slovak and Ukrainian authorities, the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the OSCE – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and is always obliged to work in offices that are rented by Ukrainian companies;
– Ukrainians who left their homes are displaced and disoriented and are in a state of stress. It is extremely important that there is a place where they can meet their fellow Ukrainians, get to know each other, find support, and exchange information. This also relieves the pressure on the state infrastructure for the adaptation of refugees.