The Polish Border Guard Agency announced that it has received 4,479,000 refugees from Ukraine since the start of the Russian military operation on February 24.
The country received about 23600 refugees from Ukraine on Thursday, compared to 42000 refugees the day before, while more than 2.5 million refugees left the country to return to Ukraine.
It is worth mentioning that, Poland passed a bill last March that provides a wide-ranging support package for Ukrainian refugees fleeing their country, under which they are granted legal residence in Poland and guaranteed the right to access education, health care, and social services.
The Russian-Ukrainian war has entered its fourth month as thousands of soldiers from both sides have been killed and millions have been displaced from the Ukrainian side since the start of Russian operations in Ukrainian territory on February 24.
Several countries have imposed significant economic sanctions on Moscow, while Russia has responded by imposing personal sanctions on a number of American and Canadian leaders.
Earlier, Pope Francis urged conflicting parties in Russia and Ukraine to stop blocking the wheat and food transportation that was applied on the ground since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Pope said: “Please do not use wheat, a staple food, as a weapon of war,” adding: “The blockade of grain exports from Ukraine, on which the lives of millions of people depend, especially in the poorest countries, is of great concern. I earnestly appeal for every effort to be made to resolve this issue and to guarantee the universal human right to food”.
Russia and Ukraine are the world’s largest wheat exporters so, at the beginning of the war, Russia closed the ports of Ukraine which threatened the developing countries’ needs of what and food.