Polish EU commissioner pledges to personally house refugees – POLITICO

Poland’s EU commissioner said he was ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees to his homeland, adding that he estimates the total number of refugees from the conflict in his homeland could reach more than 2 million.

Janusz Wojciechowski, EU agriculture commissioner, told POLITICO that he once offered to host a family of war refugees in his house in Warsaw, but they found another place to stay.

“I’m ready to do that,” he told POLITICO. As of Tuesday, more than 280,000 Ukrainians had crossed the border into neighboring Poland, according to the UN Refugee Agency. About half of those fleeing the Russian invasion head for Poland. “The number of people offering support is greater than the number of refugees,” Wojciechowski said, praising the response from his compatriots.

“Now we have about half a million [refugees from Ukraine]probably the number will be over a million, maybe over 2 million, but people in Poland are very open and the support organization is good.

The commissioner spoke after taking part in an emergency meeting of the EU’s 27 national agriculture ministers to discuss the impact that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – often dubbed the ‘breadbasket of the ‘Europe’ – could have on food supplies in the bloc and beyond. Ministers agreed to send food and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, although details will have to be discussed with foreign ministers.

Above all, Wojciechowski said Russia’s aggression must stop. “Under the violence, it is difficult to deliver aid.”

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