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Polish first lady discusses aid to Ukraine with fellow leaders’ wives

17.03.2022 08:15
Poland’s first lady has been holding talks with her counterparts from around the world about joining efforts to help the victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to officials.
Agata Kornhauser-Duda.
Agata Kornhauser-Duda.PAP/Łukasz Gągulski

Agata Kornhauser-Duda on Wednesday spoke via video link with the wife of the Maltese president, Miriam Vella, and Hungarian First Lady Anita Herczegh, Poland's PAP news agency reported.

She also held a phone call with Elke Büdenbender, the wife of the German chancellor, the Polish presidential office announced.

“The First Ladies discussed the needs of the refugees and ways to give them safe shelter and care, including medical and psychological care for children,” officials said. 

According to the Polish presidential office, another key topic was the coordination of efforts to help those evacuees who need special treatment, including young cancer patients, people with disabilities and looked-after children. 

The presidential wives explored international cooperation and talked about the efforts of their respective countries to assist Ukraine and refugees, officials said. 

Coalition of first ladies

Kornhauser-Duda noted that the Ukrainian First Lady, Olena Zelenska, had urged people around the world, especially women, to spread the truth about what was happening in Ukraine, including the plight of the innocent victims of war, especially children.

The Polish first lady is seeking to create a coalition of leaders’ wives and pool efforts to help the victims of the war in Ukraine, the presidential office said.

Thursday is day 22 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24.

Poland on Thursday reported it had admitted nearly 2 million refugees fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


Source: PAP