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Poland ready to help rebuild Ukrainian airports: gov’t official

27.10.2022 07:30
A Polish government official has said that Warsaw is prepared to help Kyiv with the postwar reconstruction of Ukrainian airports.
Marcin Horała.
Marcin Horała.Twitter/Polish Ministry of EU Funds and Regional Policy

Marcin Horała, who is deputy minister in charge of European Union funds and regional policy, made the declaration after a meeting with the Ukrainian ambassador to Poland, Vasyl Zvarych, on Wednesday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Reconstruction of Ukrainian airports

Horała said in a statement: “Poland sees a range of opportunities to support our friends from Ukraine when it comes to the postwar reconstruction of Ukrainian airports in the broad sense.”

He added: “We are in constant contact with representatives of the Ukrainian Association of Airports, as well as directly with the airports in Ukraine. We can also offer them our expert consultancy services when it comes to airport-related investment projects and planning further development of airports."

Plans for high-speed rail between Poland and Ukraine

Horała and Zvarych also discussed ways for Poland and Ukraine to work closer together on building a high-speed rail (HSR) system between the two countries "and the necessary review of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)," according to officials.     

Horała said: “In addition to the railway route linking Warsaw and Kyiv through Jagodin, we would like to propose another one; we have high hopes for this project as it would connect several large urban centres on both sides.”

He added that the Polish government was planning to build a railway line running from the eastern city of Lublin, through the eastern city of Zamość, to the eastern village of Bełżec near the Ukrainian border.

He told reporters the line could be extended on the Ukrainian side through the town of Rava-Ruska to the cities of Lviv and Kyiv.    

“Further down the line, it could be extended further east, from the Carpathian mountains to the Black Sea ports in Ukraine and Romania,” Horała stated.

He also said that Poland could help Ukraine apply for the financing of this transborder connection, as well as share its know-how in designing a high-speed rail network.

Horała and Zvarych agreed on a timetable for further action and consultations in the coming weeks regarding possible cooperation on the Lublin-Lviv connection, the PAP news agency reported.

Thursday is day 246 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 


Source: PAP, gov.pl