Poznań stands with Ukraine
In the face of military crisis in Ukraine, Poznan sympathizes with the Ukrainian people. As a gesture of solidarity, a flag of this country has been displayed on the building of the City Hall. The Mayor of Poznań, together with the Starost and the Marshal of the Voivodeship, has set up a team to coordinate aid for the citizens of Ukraine.
The Mayor of Poznań, together with the Starost of Poznań and the Marshal of Greater Poland Voivodeship, appoints a team to coordinate assistance for Ukrainians escaping war zone and coming to Poznań. The team will be created by representatives of institutions, tasked with diagnosing the needs of Ukrainians and suggest solutions and actions that will respond to the current situation - in terms of educational and living support, or transportation of families from areas affected by warfare.
The capital of Greater Poland is preparing for any situation related to the current military crisis in Ukraine. On Wednesday, February 23, a meeting of the City of Poznań Crisis Management Team was held. The meeting was summoned by Mariusz Wiśniewski, Deputy Mayor of Poznań.
The purpose was primarily to discuss and assess the current situation in Ukraine and to evaluate the City's comprehensive preparedness for a deepening crisis. Therefore, the meeting was attended not only by representatives of the City Hall, but also by the police, fire department, Poznan delegation of the Internal Security Agency, municipal police, social aid, sanitary inspectorate and the District Veterinarian.
The Union of Polish Metropolises, of which Poznań is a member, issued an official statement.
- We all watch with concern the military attack of the Russian Federation on sovereign state - Ukraine, our neighbor from the eastern border. The escalation of the conflict will undoubtedly cause an influx of refugees seeking refuge in our country - wrote the presidents of the largest Polish cities. - Involvement in helping refugees, especially in the areas of education, housing, access to medical care, the job market, language support and assistance in dealing with basic formalities - will be a huge challenge for local governments, which we are ready to take on.
How to help and how can you receive help?
The City Hall has opened a special e-mail box where you can send your questions: email@example.com. City Hall is planning further actions in cooperation with the City Council.
There is a municipal support point for foreigners in Poznań at Półwiejska Street 17/27: POINT Poznań Integration Centre (phone number: 503 979 758, Mon-Wed, 2pm-8pm, Thurs-Fri, 9am-3pm). POINT is co-founded by experienced Migrant Info Point staff who provide assistance to foreigners. Foreigners who need help will find there support and formal and legal assistance (also related to obtaining refugee status). More information: migrant.poznan.pl/uk/
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Migrant Info Line: 22 490 20 44 is open daily from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information: migrant.info.pl
There is also a municipal call centre - Poznań Contact Office (phone no.: 61 646 33 44, from Monday to Friday, from 7.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.), calls are also handled in Ukrainian.
The first volunteers who are ready to help are already coming to the City. The activities of volunteers and NGOs are coordinated by the UMP Department of Health and Social Affairs.
In connection with the tragic events in Ukraine, the Polish Red Cross has launched a fundraising campaign under the slogan #napomocUkrainie. The Polish Red Cross is prepared to organize assistance to Ukrainian citizens affected by the armed conflict, is constantly monitoring the situation and adapting its activities to changing conditions.
- We are launching a fundraising campaign to help victims of the war in Ukraine. All our actions will be coordinated with the activities of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ukrainian Red Cross, which operates on the scene - says Jerzy Bisek, president of the Polish Red Cross. Polish Red Cross website (in Polish): pck.pl
Contributions to help Ukraine can be directed to the account: 16 1160 2202 0000 0002 7718 3060 with the note "UKRAINA". The money will be primarily used for the purchase of food, medical supplies and other priority needs.
It is estimated that over 100 thousand Ukrainians live in Poznań and its surroundings.