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Polish NGOs continue support for war-torn Ukraine: study

08.12.2023 12:30
Polish nongovernmental organisations have been supporting Ukraine and its people since the first day of Russia's full-scale invasion and are ready to continue their assistance, according to a study.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year, some 29,000 Polish NGOs, or around 30 percent of the total number, have provided support to Ukrainians in their war-torn country, the study found.

Meanwhile, 98 percent of Polish NGOs said they were willing to help Ukrainian refugees in Poland in one way or another, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Several thousand Polish NGOs are actively involved in efforts to provide assistance to refugees, according to the study, which was unveiled at a conference in Kyiv on Thursday.

The Polish presidential office said earlier this year that around 1.3 million war refugees from Ukraine were staying in Poland after many who had fled Russia's invasion moved on to other countries or decided to return to Ukraine.

Around 19,500 people have arrived in Poland from Ukraine over the past 24 hours, Polish border guards said on Friday.

Since Russia invaded its neighbour more than 21 months ago, 17.56 million people have crossed into Poland from Ukraine, according to the Polish Border Guard agency.

Kamil Rybkowski from the Confederation of Polish Nongovernmental Initiatives (KIPR), the authors of the study, said that after more than 21 months of war Polish NGOs continued to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

In 2022, Poland spent a record EUR 8.6 billion on humanitarian aid, according to officials.

Polish NGOs are ready to keep supporting Ukraine and its people in their fight against the Russian invasion, activists said at Thursday's conference in Kyiv.

Support will continue as Ukraine's victory in the war is a strategic Polish interest, they added. 

The report on Polish NGOs' support for Ukraine was co-financed by the Polish government. 

Russia launched the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II when it invaded Ukraine by land, air and sea on February 24, 2022.

Friday is day 653 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: PAP, polishngohelp.com