Poland and Poles should receive the Nobel Peace Prize for the extraordinary level of support the country has offered to Ukrainians at their time of need, a Spanish journalist has claimed.
Victor Olivares, a freelance reporter covering the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, offered his thoughts on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine on social media, in which he stated that the work Poland is doing with the Ukrainian refugees is “simply extraordinary.”
“What a great country,” he added.
Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Ukrainian refugees have been fleeing the conflict mostly to Poland to find a safe haven. Although many organizations and institutions have joined in on the humanitarian effort, ordinary Poles are the ones who have been helping the most, as they have accepted many Ukrainians into their own homes.
The Polish government, in close cooperation with local authorities, has organized reception points in border regions where the identities of the refugees are verified.
Over 1.75 million refugees have reached Poland since the start of the war, according to U.N. data. On Sunday, Poland’s Border Guard officers received 82,100 people on the Polish-Ukrainian border crossings, following 79,800 on Saturday and 76,200 on Friday.
Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed a draft bill which permits the legal residence and right to work for Ukrainian refugees in Poland for up to 1.5 years. The permit can be extended to three years.