Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited Lviv in western Ukraine, where in cooperation of Polish and Ukrainian authorities, a container town was erected for internal refugees.
“This is a town that will be used for a short time. The living conditions are typically temporary for people who simply don’t have anywhere to go,” he explained.
“From this place, I call upon the European Commission, for the solidarity fund with Ukraine to finally start working, so that new funds come in, not the ones moved from one drawer to another,” said the Polish prime minister, adding: “There is no time to wait, we cannot let the next crimes in Ukraine happen.”
Morawiecki stressed that “today in Ukraine, beats the heart of Europe. Here is the front and barricades of freedom and sovereignty. We need to acknowledge this.
“These ruins: burned homes, destroyed towns, that the Russian forces leave behind them, are the evidence of barbarism, but they also need to be an important call for action: for Poland and Poles it is such a call,” the Polish leader added.
He revealed that he had spoken with people from Mariupol, Bucha and Donetsk. “All this shows the sheer scale of destruction here in Ukraine,” he pointed out.
The head of the Polish government stressed that Ukraine is defending the most universal values, the right to live, the right to freedom, sovereignty.
“The fight in Ukraine is a fight for freedom, for security of the entire Europe. The crimes in Bucha, Borodianka, Hostomel and hundreds of other cities show what kind of a barbaric system, barbaric regime we need to face, as Europe,” said Morawiecki.
“We can’t leave our neighbors in isolation” Morawiecki warned. “The worst for those, who are fighting, is the sense that they could be alone. We need to keep the fighting spirit up also by taking care of the weakest,” he added.
During talks with the leaders of western countries, the Polish prime minister called on the need for the strongest sanctions possible. “This is the minimum price we can pay, also in Europe, for what is happening in Ukraine,” he said.