A Polish government official said Poland is in the process of launching a central government platform for coordinating humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
“The new platform is launched as part of the pomagamukrainie.gov.pl website,” Michal Dworczyk, the head of the prime minister’s office, told reporters on Sunday.
“We managed to create the simplest possible form of humanitarian aid clearance because we abandoned normal procedures due to the ongoing war,” Dworczyk said, adding that Russia attacked Ukraine there. At 11 days, civilians were murdered, the country’s infrastructure was destroyed while thousands of people were deprived of their normal lives.
Dworczyk said that, in a situation where hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians were fleeing their country but the majority remained at home to fight, Poland was also “arranging assistance for them from the first day of the war”.
According to Dworczyk, during the first days of the invasion of Ukraine, this assistance was carried out mainly by government agencies and transported by the government’s Strategic Reserve Agency.
“Now there are more and more non-governmental organizations, local governments, people of goodwill, businesses joining this assistance, trying to help their friends or partner cities,” Dworczyk said. , adding that the platform was designed to coordinate such efforts and assistance for “our neighbors who are fighting for Ukraine’s independence.”
Dworczyk also said that the regulations for transporting humanitarian aid to Ukraine by truck have already been simplified at the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing points of Dorohusk-Yahotyn and Korczowa-Krakowets.
“Aid could be channeled through these two border crossings by NGOs, local authorities or individuals,” he said, adding that the simplified procedures had been launched at midnight.
He also said that the government’s Strategic Reserve Agency will continue to send aid transports to Ukraine, and added that it sends more than 100 heavy trucks to Ukraine daily.
“We will continue to call, hold talks and fight for full sanctions on all Russian hydrocarbons, for a full embargo, because that is the only way to stop the flow of funds to Putin” said Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski. same press conference.
Jablonski said the sanctions should be made tougher, but added that those already imposed had already started to show effects. “The Russian economy has already started to suffer.”
“But as long as the money continues to go to Putin – mainly for crude oil, which is of paramount importance, but also for gas and coal, for all hydrocarbons, he is able to finance the war”, said the deputy minister.
“If this flow of money is stopped, it will stop the war,” Jablonski concluded.