Poland to receive financial aid to help Ukrainian refugees

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that Poland has been promised considerable EU funds for humanitarian assistance for refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine.

"Poland is the main country admitting refugees," Morawiecki said on the sidelines of the EU summit in Versailles on Friday.

"A broad stream of financial aid for refugees from Ukraine will be flowing to Poland," he told a press briefing, adding that financial matters regarding this assistance had been settled in a considerable degree.

He added that "considerably larger financial means for refugees had been won" as the summit was speaking about funds exceeding EUR 1 billion instead of the previously planned EUR 500 million.

Morawiecki said that war refugees were one of the main subjects of the summit as "between 100,000 and 200,000 people are fleeing Ukraine every day and seeking shelter in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary or Romania."

Since February 24, 1.52 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Friday morning.

"Poland has met the challenge," Morawiecki went on to say, adding that "local governments, the government, and, above all, the Polish people are perfectly aware of the fact that it is necessary to open the door in this historic moment."

"And this opened door has been noticed today," he said, repeating that it was very important that financial matters had been secured in a considerable degree as the world had been hit not only by a security crisis but also be the economic one.