Ethnic Poles from Ukrainian-controlled Mariupol refused asylum in Poland
Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refused asylum requested by Ukrainian citizens of Polish origin amid ongoing fighting in Donbas, according to Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda, which cites a statement by head of the Democracy and Freedom Foundation Michal Dworczyk on Radio Poland.
A total of 50 ethnic Poles from the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol, which is close to the front line, have been refused asylum in Poland, he said.
Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the previous evacuation of Poles from Donbas had been a one-time campaign to withdraw civilians from the war zone, Ukrainska Pravda wrote.
Mariupol is not in the zone of direct military operations, according to the Polish government.
"Poles from Mariupol, a city located close to the front line, have actively sent requests for admission to Poland. Yet, everything will depend on the development of the situation in Ukraine. If hostilities intensify and affect a larger area than before, we should consider the probability that groups of ethnic Poles will try to flee that region and seek asylum in Poland," Dworczyk said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, in January, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Grzegorz Schetyna did not rule out that Warsaw might be ready to evacuate more ethnic Poles from Mariupol if there was a threat to their life.