Poland, Ukraine announce support programmes for women soldiers, orphans

Michał Dworczyk, head of the Polish Prime Minister's Office, said, following talks with Iryna Vereshchuk in Kyiv, that both programmes would start within six weeks and would be conducted in Ukraine. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Support programmes for women soldiers freed from Russian captivity and children who have lost their fathers to the war in Ukraine were announced on Monday by a senior Polish prime-ministerial aide and the Ukrainian deputy prime minister.

Michał Dworczyk, head of the Polish Prime Minister's Office, said, following talks with Iryna Vereshchuk in Kyiv, that both programmes would start within six weeks and would be conducted in Ukraine. In the coming weeks, details of the programmes will be given, including their financing.

"I am very pleased that we could discuss the provisions that will be carried out in line with a decision of (Polish) Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: charitable programmes for women soldiers freed from Russian captivity and a programme of permanent aid for orphans, for those children who have lost fathers killed by Russians," he added.

Iryna Vereshchuk said the programme directed at women would involve psychological and material support, including housing as many people have lost their homes.

Dworczyk also thanked Ukrainians for fighting "not only for a free, independent Ukraine, but also for a free Poland and a free Europe."