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Pope Francis and Polish President discuss Ukraine refugee crisis

Pope Francis met Polish President Andrzej Duda, accompanied by First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda for a private conversation on Friday.

The meeting was devoted to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, as well as security and peace in Europe, informed the Holy See. Pope Francis and the Polish President spoke primarily on the situation of Ukrainian refugees and displaced persons, and their humanitarian assistance.

President Duda also tweeted that he talked to the Pope about his conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and about his own perspective on the situation, which is that Poles clearly see as Russia’s brutal, unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

Prezydent @AndrzejDuda w #Watykan: Relacjonowałem @Pontifex treść moich rozmów z Prezydentem Ukrainy @ZelenskyyUa oraz jaki jest mój obraz sytuacji wynikający ze wszystkich informacji jakie posiadam. Dla nas Polaków sprawa jest jasna, że to niczym niesprowokowany brutalny atak.

— Kancelaria Prezydenta (@prezydentpl) April 1, 2022

Poland has received around half of the approximately 4 million people who have fled Ukraine after the outbreak of the war. The country already had the EU’s largest Ukrainian community.

Since Russia invaded its neighbour on February 24, the fighting has displaced more than 10 million people and forced nearly 4 million to flee Ukraine in Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since the end of World War Two, according to the UN refugee agency.

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