USAID head, Polish official talk about aid for Ukrainian refugees

According to an embassy statement, Samantha Power thanked Bartosz Grodecki for the preparations that Poland has made so far to welcome Ukrainian refugees and reiterated that the US would work closely with Poland in the event Ukrainian refugees began to cross into Poland. DUMITRU DORU/PAP/EPA

Poland's deputy interior minister and the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have discussed humanitarian aid for Ukrainian citizens, the US Embassy in Poland has said.

According to an embassy statement, Samantha Power thanked Bartosz Grodecki for the preparations that Poland has made so far to welcome Ukrainian refugees and reiterated that the US would work closely with Poland in the event Ukrainian refugees began to cross into Poland.

Up to a million refugees could cross into Poland, according to Polish estimates, if there is heavy fighting in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Grodecki also spoke with EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson about the developing situation in Ukraine.

After the meeting, Johansson said she was convinced Poland could cope with a large number refugees from Ukraine.

She also declared that Poland would receive aid from the European Commission, if necessary.