Poland opens gov't platform of humanitarian aid coordination for Ukraine


A Polish government official has said that Poland is launching a central, government platform of coordination of humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.

"The new platform is being launched as part of the pomagamukrainie.gov.pl website," Michal Dworczyk, the head of the PM's Office, told reporters on Sunday.

"We have managed to create the simplest possible form of customs clearance of humanitarian aid as we have given up normal procedures due to the ongoing war," Dworczyk said, adding Russia had attacked Ukraine 11 days ago, that civilians were being murdered, the country's infrastructure was being destroyed while thousands of people were being deprived of their normal life.

Dworczyk said that, in a situation when hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians were fleeing their country but the majority stayed at home to fight, Poland "has also been organising assistance for them since the first day of the war."

According to Dworczyk, during the first days of the invasion of Ukraine, this assistance was carried out mainly by government agencies and transported by the Government Strategic Reserve Agency.

"Now there are more and more non-governmental organisations, local governments, goodwill people, companies joining this assistance, trying to help their friends or partner cities," Dworczyk said, adding that the platform was designed to coordinate these efforts and assistance for "our neighbours fighting for independence in Ukraine."

Dworczyk also said that regulations concerning the transport of humanitarian aid to Ukraine by trucks had already been simplified at the Polish-Ukrainian border crossings of Dorohusk-Yahotyn and Korczowa-Krakowets.

"Aid could be sent through these two border crossings by NGOs, local governments or individuals," he said, adding that the simplified procedures had been launched at midnight.

He also said that the Government Strategic Reserve Agency would continue to send aid transports to Ukraine, and added that it has been sending over 100 HGVs to Ukraine daily.

"We will continue to appeal, hold talks and fight for full sanctions to be imposed on all Russian hydrocarbons, for a full embargo, as this is the only way to stop the flow of funds to Putin," Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski told the same press conference.

Jablonski said that sanctions should be made more severe but added that the already imposed ones had already started to bring effects. "The Russian economy has already started to suffer from them."

"But as long as money keeps going to Putin - mainly for crude oil, which is of key importance, but also for gas and coal, for all hydrocarbons, he is able to finance the war," the deputy minister said.

"If this flow of money is halted, this will stop the war," Jablonski concluded.