179 Ukrainians of Polish origin from Donbas regions will be transported from Kharkiv, Ukraine, to Poland within the next few days. The list of persons can still increase.
Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski reported the news to Ukrinform’s correspondent in Poland.
“As of today, the list includes 179 persons. We are now at the final stage of completing the list where we decide on the consular issues. The trip to Poland will take place within the next few days,” Wojciechowski said.
He said the list of persons traveling to Poland may slightly increase.
Wojciechowski said that cooperation with the Ukrainian central and local authorities is “very good” in terms of support with the evacuation of compatriots from the Donbas regions and their further travel to Poland.
It is expected that ethnic Poles will fly to Poland by plane. Afterwards, they will stay in several centers in Poland, where they will be assisted by non-governmental organizations and the office for foreigners affairs in Poland. Language and professional courses will be organized for compatriots, they will have access to proper medical care, and their children will attend school.
As previously reported, ethnic Poles residing in the Donbas regions appealed to the government of Poland in early December with a request to assist with their repatriation to the homeland due to the difficult humanitarian situation in the region. A few days later, the Polish government had created an inter-ministerial group on assistance to the ethnic Poles living in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainians of Polish origin were evacuated from the occupied Donbas conflict regions to Kharkiv a few days ago