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Poland launches aid for NGOs helping Ukrainian refugees

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A group of 43 Polish non-governmental organisations helping Ukrainian refugees have received a total of PLN 10 million (EUR 2.13 million) in government aid, the culture minister has said.

The first allotment of aid is designed to cover three months of operations, until the end of June, Piotr Glinski said at a press conference on Monday.

“The first tranche, this PLN 10 million, has already been distributed, mainly on a first-come-first-served basis,” the minister said.

The organisations, 43 in total, have received grants “of up to half a million zlotys”, Glinski said.

Apart from covering the basic needs of refugees, the approved programmes include psychological, vocational, family and legal support, according to Glinski.

Additionally, local government organisations will be allowed to transform existing and originally unrelated programmes into ones offering aid to refugees, the minister announced.

More than two million Ukrainians, mostly women and children, have fled to Poland since February 24, when Russia invaded their country.

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