Poland announced on Monday the launch of support programmes for female soldiers freed from Russian captivity and children whose fathers died in the ongoing war in the east. They are expected to start in the next six weeks and be implemented in Ukraine.
“I am very happy that we were able to discuss these measures, which (…) will be implemented: charity programmes for women soldiers freed from Russian captivity and a programme of permanent aid for orphans, for those children who lost their fathers killed by Russians,” Michał Dworczyk, Poland’s head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, said after meeting with Ukraine’s Deputy PM Iryna Vereshchuk in Kyiv.
He said that both programmes, including, for example, psychological and material assistance as well as housing, are expected to start within a month and a half and be implemented in Ukraine. Further details on the matter are to be announced in the coming weeks.
Aid to be adapted individually
Ms Vereshchuk stressed that the detailed form of assistance will be individually adapted to each case.
“Each of them [persons in need] is experiencing a different personal tragedy and pain. Someone may need psychological help, someone else simply needs material assistance, like women from Mariupol or other temporarily occupied territories who have nowhere to live,” she explained.
She also informed the public that there is already a list of the first 51 women freed from Russian captivity who will be assisted under the proposed programmes, adding that the Ukrainian authorities have managed to free 360 people since the beginning of the ongoing war.
Poles and Ukrainians ‘closer than before’
Mr Dworczyk stressed at the press conference that “Poles and Ukrainians have come closer than ever before”. He also thanked Ukrainians for fighting “not only for a free, independent Ukraine, but also for a free Poland and a free Europe.”
The Ukrainian deputy PM thanked the Polish society and authorities for the assistance provided to Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country.
“Poland demonstrates an example of solidarity and compassion to the whole world,” Ms Vereshchuk said. “In addition to the thousands of tons of humanitarian aid, in addition to the billions of zlotys [Polish currency] spent on this support from the state budget, what is most valuable are the values you demonstrate and it will remain a model for the future.”