Poland ready to take in at least 10,000 wounded Ukrainian soldiers

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Nearly 2,800,713 refugees are in Poland and many of them then go to other European countries

Polish health services can treat at least 10,000 wounded Ukrainian soldiers, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.

Morawiecki told reporters during a visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv that Poland was already processing “several dozen” troops and was ready to take in more.

“We are ready to accommodate at least 10,000 (soldiers), if necessary,” he said, according to Reuters. “We are doing everything to welcome and care for all wounded Ukrainian soldiers.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said CNN Friday that between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died so far in the war with Russia and another 10,000 have been injured.

Morawiecki was visiting Lviv to open a Polish-funded “container city” built to provide temporary accommodation for 300 to 350 refugees in portable cabins.

Nearly five million Ukrainians have fled their country since Russia invaded on February 24, the United Nations said on Tuesday, expressing concern about the speed of the departure and the fact that it could worsen.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 4,980,589 Ukrainians have fled abroad, up 46,174 from Monday’s tally. Nearly 2,800,713 are in Poland and many of them then travel to other European countries.

At the same time, 738,000 people crossed the Polish border into Ukraine, according to Polish border guards.

Before the war, about 1.5 million Ukrainians lived in Poland, mostly migrant workers.

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