Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday appointed a vice prime minister and three new ministers to the Polish government.
One of the newly appointed women ministers, Agnieszka Stzyhai, will deal with the issues of Ukrainian refugees in Poland, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
In accordance with the changes, National Defense Minister Mariusz Blashak was appointed to the post of Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs instead of Deputy Yaroslav Kaczynski, who resigned the day before. Agnieszka Stzyhai, Wladimerz Tomaszewski and Zbigniew Hoffmann have also been appointed to the positions of ministers – members of the Council of Ministers.
According to the head of the Polish government, Mateusz Morawiecki, Stzyhai will deal with issues of social integration, in particular in the context of the presence in Poland of a significant number of refugees from Ukraine.
During the ministerial appointment ceremony, President Duda stressed that Blaszczak is one of the most experienced in the Polish government in security matters. He noted that in cooperation with him, many decisions were made regarding the support of Ukraine, which brought their results.
In turn, Blashak stressed that he would try to adequately replace Kaczynski as deputy prime minister for security issues. He noted that in his position as Deputy Prime Minister, he will continue to pay much attention to strengthening the defense capability of the Polish army due to increased funding for the country’s Armed Forces and an increase in the number of Polish troops. Blaszczak informed that the fund to support the country’s armed forces this year will amount to 20 billion zlotys (4.5 billion dollars), and next year – 49 billion zlotys (over 11 billion dollars).
He stressed that Poland would continue to support Ukraine in countering Russian aggression, in particular by supplying artillery systems to Kyiv.
As you know, in early June, Poland signed a defense contract with Ukraine in the amount of 2.7 billion zlotys (about $650 million) regarding the sale of Krab self-propelled artillery mounts (ACS) to Ukraine.
As of today, there may be approximately 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine in Poland who arrived in the Republic of Poland after February 24.
Photo: Marek Borawski, KPRP