Poland secure from threats, president tells troops

Duda said Poland's army ensured the country's safety from the conflict, and that Poles could feel secure despite the situation. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Poland is guarded by its army and is secure from all threats, the Polish president said on Friday at a meeting with soldiers currently stationed on the border with Ukraine in their headquarters in Rzeszow, south-eastern Poland.

Andrzej Duda, visiting the Rzeszow-seated 21st Rifle Brigade amid a mounting war between Ukraine and Russia, praised the unit for its help in evacuating Ukrainian war refugees to Poland and coordinating the movements of US forces in the border area.

Duda said Poland's army ensured the country's safety from the conflict, and that Poles could feel secure despite the situation.

"Soldiers are guarding Polish territory from any possible threats, fortunately there have been no incidents. Poland is safe and we all are safe as well," Duda said in Rzeszow.

From Rzeszow Duda went to Korczowa on Poland's border with Ukraine.

Russia launched an all-out attack on Ukraine in the early hours of February 24, invading from the north, east and south as well as hitting targets inside the country in missile attacks and air raids.

What was probably planned as a swift military operation aimed to topple the government has turned into a more prolonged conflict, with thousands of casualties on both sides and the number of refugees exceeding a million, most of them heading towards the Polish border.