Polish diplomats to remain in Ukraine, Russia

Jasina said Polish diplomatic staff would also help document war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine to aid related inquiries by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Rafał Guz/PAP

Polish diplomatic missions in Ukraine and Russia will continue operating, and their staff will help document Russian war crimes committed in Ukraine, a spokesperson for the Polish foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Lukasz Jasina told Polish Radio that the decision was "symbolic, but also important," as the missions could prove helpful in aiding the evacuation of Polish nationals from both countries. He added that both the Polish ambassador in Kyiv and the Polish consul in Lviv will remain at their posts.

Asked about the safety of the diplomatic staff, Jasina said Polish diplomats in Moscow have been "exposed to various kinds of attacks" in the past, also prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but would remain in the country as they now had "a difficult job to do."

Jasina said Polish diplomatic staff would also help document war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine to aid related inquiries by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

On Monday, the court set March 16 as the date on which it would issue its ruling on war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.