EC to refund Poland's outays on military equipment for Ukraine says PM

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that Poland will be reimbursed by the European Commission for the military equipment it has handed over to Ukraine.

"The European Commission will refund Poland's spending on military equipment as well as our armaments handed over to Ukraine either to a large extent or, at least, in a considerable part," Morawiecki said in Kolo, Wielkopolskie province in western Poland, on Saturday.

"Poland, along with the US and Great Britain, is on the front line of assistance being granted to Ukraine," Morawiecki continued.

The prime minister said that most of both state-of-the-art and older military equipment had remained in Poland but added that assistance to Ukraine was necessary as "today, the struggle for an independent Poland has been going on on the Donetsk-Luhansk front line."

Morawiecki repeated that Poland had to help Ukraine in a situation "when Ukrainians have been defending women, children and themselves against Russian criminals."

"That is why I believe that we have done the right thing," he said, adding that Poland had not weakened its military potential and had surely not become defenceless.