Poland a fully safe country, says PM

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has stated that Poland is a fully safe country but added that its armed forces and services are on a raised alert following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"Russia has chosen a war today," Morawiecki told the Sejm, the lower parliament house, on Thursday.

The prime minister emphasized in his speech that February 24, 2022 would go down in history as the day on which Russia chose war.

"Today is an absolutely unique moment in our history, because this morning changed everything... It has caused the demons that we had already forgotten - the demons of World War II, wars - to be reborn again. Assault, aggression have become a fact. People are dying just beyond our eastern border, " he said.

"One European country has attacked another one with no reason. This barbarity must be met with a firm response of the entire free word," Morawiecki said.

According to him, "Putin chose the path of terror" to break Europe.

"Our decisive answer will also depend on whether we will be able to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine," Morawiecki said.

He added that it was necessary "to work out as far-reaching sanctions on Russia as possible” because "only they are able to stop further acts of aggression."

He also said that, apart from sanctions, it was necessary to strengthen Nato's eastern flank.

Morawiecki also assured Ukrainians that Poland would not leave them in need.

"Dear neighbours from the East - those who have already found their first home here and those who have their second home here, and those who will probably come to Poland. We will not leave you in need. We are with you," he said.

Referring to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Sejm unanimously adopted a statement, in which it called on the EU and Nato to impose the broadest possible sanctions on Russia and support Ukraine. "This is an attack on the euroAtlantic security," the statement reads.

In the statement Sejm also added that the Russian Federation had excluded itself from the international community.