Poland prepares for potential influx of Ukrainian refugees: Interior Minister | world news
Poland is preparing for “various scenarios” for a possible influx of refugees if Russia were to attack Ukraine, Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said on Sunday.
Washington has said Russia, which has more than 100,000 troops massed near Ukraine, could invade at any time. Moscow denies having such plans.
“As for the situation in Ukraine, we are preparing for various scenarios. One of them concerns regional preparations related to a possible influx of refugees from Ukraine,” Kaminski said in a tweet posted on Sunday.
The mayor of the town of Ciechanow in eastern Poland said on Saturday that his regional government had asked him to prepare accommodation for possible refugees.
“We were asked to list the accommodation structures for the refugees, the number of people it would be possible to accommodate, the costs involved and the time needed to adapt the buildings with a recommendation of up to 48 hours,” Krzysztof Kosinski tweeted.
Poland is home to between one and two million Ukrainians, many of whom have come to work in the country.
A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry declined to provide further details on ongoing preparations, referring to Kaminski’s tweet. Ciechnow Town Hall did not respond to Reuters request for comment.
In late January, Polish Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wasik said Poland was preparing to receive up to one million Ukrainian migrants.