Ukraine war will weigh on entire EU says Polish dep min

Paweł Jabłoński and EU commissioner for international partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, on Monday visited the border crossing at the town of Medyka, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees over the recent weeks. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

All EU member states will see increased costs due to the crisis caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a Polish deputy foreign minister has said.

Paweł Jabłoński and EU commissioner for international partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, on Monday visited the border crossing at the town of Medyka, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees over the recent weeks.

At the site, both officials talked to humanitarian organisations.

"We have discussed the kind of support that Ukraine and refugees need," Jabłoński said. "As well as the support that Poland and other host countries need.

"We realise that the costs which the crisis involves will weigh on the budgets of EU members states as well as non-EU members, such as Moldova," Jabłoński said.

According to Jabłoński, the entire EU must respond to the kind of humanitarian efforts that Europe has not seen since World War Two.

"I have talked to the commissioner about it today," the deputy minister said.

Urpilainen pointed out that over 2.5 million people had already fled the war in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on February 24.

More than 1.7 million of them have crossed into Poland.

"Poland may be proud of its hospitality, solidarity and determination in doing what needs to be done," she said.

Urpilainen pledged the European Commission would support host countries that help refugees, notably Poland.

Jabłoński said aid for refugees was arriving every day.

"Each day, we're handling tens of planes with aid for Ukraine and refugees from all over the world," he said. "The aid is both addressed to Ukraine and to Poland for the refugees who are here."