Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk expressed this belief on Ternopil television. She noted that the process of “cementing” the Ukrainian nation is underway. At the front, the army is fighting the enemy, and in safe areas, many of those who had to flee the war are starting their new lives.
According to her, internally displaced persons are gradually integrating into communities and this is good.
“But sometimes, and I emphasize – sometimes, there are cases when IDPs do not use their opportunities, but are lazy and abuse alcohol. This behavior makes a negative impression on the hosting communities,” the official said.
“I am grateful to the communities that treat internally displaced persons with patience and Christian love. But we must tell the truth, and if there are problems, we must not hide them, but solve them. Cases of misconduct, of course, should be pointed out. At the same time, we should be sympathetic to such situations. We will all continue to help IDPs adapt to life in their new communities as quickly as possible. But they should also make every effort to integrate into local communities, find a job or at least do some volunteer work, do something useful for people and eventually become full-fledged members of the community,” summarized Iryna Vereshchuk.