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Poland committed to Ukraine’s “freedom and sovereignty”: Ambassador Brzezinski


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US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski said on Sunday that the country, which has taken in 2.5 million Ukrainian refugees over the past three weeks, is committed to “the freedom and sovereignty” of the Ukraine.

Speaking to “Fox News Live” from Warsaw, he noted that in this city alone there are 300,000 Ukrainian refugees, which he says is 10% of the city’s population.

He stressed that Poland, which has accepted the vast majority of refugees, is “committed to severe sanctions” and “supports the Ukrainian people”.

Russia’s lack of a quick victory, international condemnation and economic sanctions, and the devastation and civilian casualties across Ukraine brought the two countries to the negotiating table, but the fighting – including a critical struggle for the city of Mariupol – are continuing.

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The Russian army was repeatedly blocked by Ukraine’s military determination and will to save its homeland, which resulted in a slowed attack and heavy losses for Russia.

Displaced people rest in a makeshift shelter in Mlyny, near the border crossing in Korczowa, Poland, Thursday, March 3, 2022.
(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Brzezinski said that we don’t know how long the war will last and that “we don’t know what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin will then do”, but “in the meantime, severe sanctions [and] supporting the refugees is the approach that the Poles, with the support of the Americans, are taking.”

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He acknowledged that “Poland took on an enormous weight and responsibility” by accepting a large number of Ukrainian refugees.

“At this point, I can tell you that this country has this in hand, although it needs and welcomes resources through its main NGOs [nonprofit organizations] and charities,” Brzezinski said, noting that this includes the Polish Red Cross.

“But, quite frankly, it will be a capacity issue,” he added. “And the hope for all the people who come here is that they can go back to Ukraine. That’s why they stay close to Ukraine in Poland and don’t go further west to Germany, France, Spain.”

He noted that Ukrainian refugees prefer to stay in Poland so “they can return home quickly and start rebuilding” once the war is over.

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Late last month, President Biden called Putin a “butcher” after meeting with displaced Ukrainian mothers and their children in Warsaw, Poland.

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