Long queues at Polish border as thousands flee Ukraine

Poland's Border Guard reported on Sunday that all of the crossings at the Polish-Ukrainian border were functioning normally and that, since the beginning of war in Ukraine, almost 200,000 refugees received assistance in Poland. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Queues, which are several kilometres long, have formed at Poland-Ukraine border crossing points, as there are tens of thousands of people who want to leave Ukraine, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office has said.

Michał Dworczyk said during a press conference on Sunday that one of the biggest issues on the Ukrainian side are the "gigantic queues at the border, as a huge mass of people wants to get to Poland from Ukraine."

"There are tens of thousands of people who want to leave Ukraine to protect themselves from the war… mostly women and children," he added.

He said that the difficult situation was mainly the result of procedures at the Ukrainian side of the border, "which prevent traffic from moving along smoothly."

"It is due to the fact that Ukraine is at war, defending itself against attack and brutal Russian aggression," he added.

Dworczyk also announced that Poland would take further actions on the border that should "increase the standard of care and attention given to refugees."

Later, on Sunday, Deputy Interior Minister Paweł Szfernaker announced that new border reception points had been created in the Lubelskie and Podkarpackie provinces. Those already in existence, he said, were approximately 80 to 90 percent full.

"Yesterday, new information points were established in all of the provinces… for any Ukrainians who need to learn more about how to receive assistance in Poland," he added.

Szefernaker said that Poland was providing assistance in such a way so that "all those who need help, will be provided with help."

Poland's Border Guard reported on Sunday that all of the crossings at the Polish-Ukrainian border were functioning normally and that, since the beginning of war in Ukraine, almost 200,000 refugees received assistance in Poland.