Poland offered aid by western states, UN to help refugees says PM

Morawiecki said that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, had declared that it would be possible to compensate Poland for part of the funds it had been spending on assistance for refugees. Rafał Guz/PAP

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that western leaders as well as the UN have been offering assistance to Poland to help it provide aid to refugees fleeing Ukraine after the Russian invasion.

Poland's Border Guard said on Sunday night that one million refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine had already entered Poland.

"Western leaders are getting in contact with us to offer their assistance, either on the bilateral basis or through international organisations," Morawiecki told reporters on Monday.

Morawiecki added that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, had declared that it would be possible to compensate Poland for part of the funds it had been spending on assistance for refugees.

"This is important as Poland's budget is not a bottomless pit. We must take care of the condition of Poland's finances," he said.

The prime minister made the statement after his meeting with Grandi earlier on Monday.

Referring to aid offers being made by western countries, Morawiecki admitted that financial matters were very important.

"One million refugees, or even more soon, means a huge effort," he said, adding that, for now, Poland had been using its own resources, but that it would surely accept the offered financial assistance.

According to the United Nation's refugee agency, more than 1.7 million Ukrainians fleeing Russia's invasion have so far crossed into Central Europe.