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Poland admits 20,200 new arrivals from Ukraine: officials

10.12.2023 09:39
20.200 people have arrived in Poland from Ukraine over the past 24 hours, while 21.000 people crossed the border between these countries in the opposite direction - the Polish Border Guard announced on Sunday.
Photo:Polish Border Guard/twitter.com/Straz_Graniczna

According to the agency's data, Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of its neighbour, in total more than 17,598 million people have crossed into Poland from Ukraine - and 15,799 million people moved across the border from the Polish to the Ukrainian side.

Russia first invaded Ukraine in the year 2014, violating the country's sovereignty and occupying its region of Crimea ever since. On February 24th, 2022 Russia moved even further - ignoring international law and launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which is the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.

Sunday is day 655 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Poland's President Andrzej Duda told public broadcaster Polish Radio earlier this year that the country was home to an estimated 3 million Ukrainians, including those who arrived before the war.

The Polish presidential office said in March 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.

In March last year, Poland enacted a measure to offer wide-ranging support to Ukrainians escaping the Russian invasion of their country.

The measure granted them residence rights and ensured access to educationhealthcare and social benefits.

According to a recent survey, 62% of Poles are in favour of accepting refugees from war-torn Ukraine.