Nigeria, Poland Sign Pact On Food Security

President Muhammadu Buhari and Polish President, Andrzej Duda, address State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on September 6, 2022.

 

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Poland to address food security crisis in Nigeria and Africa in general.

Both countries signed the pact on Tuesday when President Muhammadu Buhari received the Polish President, Andrzej Duda, who was on a state visit to the country.

The Memorandum of Cooperation is targeted at increasing efficiency in Nigeria’s agricultural sector.

During his visit to the State House in Abuja, the Polish leader stated that 10 pivotal areas were raised in his conversations with President Buhari, but top among them were the issues of food and energy security.

He gave an assurance that Poland would strengthen its economic relations with Nigeria not only towards addressing food crisis but energy security.

This strategic dialogue, according to President Duda, is important for the future of the two nations that are members of the United Nations.

Similarly, President Buhari and the Polish leader discussed the supply of both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil to Poland and the European Union.

President Duda acknowledged Nigeria’s wealth in these natural resources, adding that supplies of LNG from Nigeria to Poland have already happened.

He hinted that his country wished to increase supplies from Nigeria to Poland, thereby further crystallising existing economic cooperation between both countries.

Poland Detains Two Men For Spying For Russia

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country located in Central Europe.

 

Poland’s special services said Wednesday that they have detained a Russian and a Belarusian on suspicion of spying for Russia.

“The suspects were detained by military police… They were both charged,” a spokesman for the services, Stanislaw Zaryn, said in a statement.

“The Russian and the Belarusian, acting on behalf of Russia’s intelligence services and against Poland, conducted reconnaissance operations on the functioning of the Polish armed forces, including the army’s deployment in the Polish-Belarus border zone,” he said.

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The men were detained last week.

Earlier this month, Poland also detained a Russian suspected of gathering intelligence on Polish and NATO troops, as well as two Belarusian citizens accused of espionage.

In March, the EU member expelled 45 Russian diplomats for espionage.

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Nearly 3.9 Million People Flee Ukraine – UN

Ukrainian evacuees sit in a bus carrying refugees, after crossing the Ukrainian border with Poland at the Medyka border crossing, southeastern Poland, on March 28, 2022, following the Russian military invasion on Ukraine. PHOTO: Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP

 

Nearly 3.9 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion a month ago, UN figures showed Monday, with the flow continuing to slow.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said 3,862,797 Ukrainians had fled the country — an increase of 41,748 from Sunday’s figures.

Around 90 percent of them are women and children, it added.

Of those who have left, 2.2 million have fled for neighbouring Poland, while more than half a million have made it to Romania. Nearly 300,000 have gone to Russia.

Before the crisis began a month ago, EU member Poland was home to around 1.5 million Ukrainians.

In total, more than 10 million people — over a quarter of the population in regions under government control before the February 24 invasion — are now thought to have fled their homes, including nearly 6.5 million who are internally displaced.

Ukraine’s refugee crisis is Europe’s worst since World War II.

The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said Thursday that 4.3 million children — more than half of Ukraine’s estimated 7.5-million child population — had been forced to leave their homes.

It puts at some 1.5 million the number of those children who have become refugees, while another 2.5 million are displaced inside their war-ravaged country, it said.

The number leaving daily has fallen well below 100,000 per day, and even 50,000 in recent days, even as living conditions in Ukraine worsen.

The figures do not include citizens of neighbouring states who have left Ukraine to return home.

Here is a breakdown of which neighbouring countries Ukrainian refugees have headed to, as of Sunday afternoon. Russia’s figure relates to end Tuesday:

 

– Poland –

Six out of 10 Ukrainian refugees — 2,293,833 so far — have crossed into Poland, according to UNHCR.

Many people who cross into Ukraine’s immediate western neighbours continue on to other states in Europe’s Schengen open-borders zone.

Many are also going in the opposite direction. Border guards said last week that some 274,000 people have left Poland for Ukraine since the war began.

 

– Romania –

Some 595,868 Ukrainians have entered EU member state Romania, including a large number who have crossed over from Moldova, wedged between Romania and Ukraine.

The vast majority are thought to have gone on to other countries.

 

– Moldova –

The Moldovan border is the nearest to the major port city of Odessa.

UNHCR said 383,627 Ukrainians had crossed into the non-EU state, one of the poorest in Europe.

To reduce congestion, organised convoys leave daily from the Palanca crossing for Romania, with the most vulnerable prioritised for transfer.

 

– Hungary –

Some 354,041 Ukrainians have entered Hungary, according to UNHCR.

– Slovakia –

Some 282,886 people have crossed Ukraine’s shortest border into Slovakia.

 

– Russia –

Some 271,254 refugees have sought shelter in Russia, according to UNHCR figures last updated on March 22.

In addition, 113,000 people had crossed into Russia from the separatist-held pro-Russian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine between February 21 and 23.

 

– Belarus –

Some 9,075 refugees have made it north to close Russia ally Belarus.

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Poland Expels 45 Russian Diplomats For Espionage – Official

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country located in Central Europe.

 

Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski on Wednesday said the EU member had “expelled 45 Russian spies pretending to be diplomats.”

“We are dismantling the Russian special services network in our country,” Kaminski wrote on Twitter.

 

Over Two Million Ukraine Refugees Crossed Into Poland – Border Guards

More than three million Ukrainians have fled across the border, mostly women and children, according to the UN.
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Poland’s border guards said Friday that more than two million refugees had crossed into the EU member from neighbouring Ukraine since the February 24 Russian invasion.

“At 9:00 am the number of refugees from Ukraine exceeded two million. It is mainly women with children,” the guards said on Twitter.

“Border guard officers are the first Poles to bring them assistance after the border crossing. Often simple words of support mean the most,” they added.

Poland has received more than half of the refugees fleeing Ukraine. Others have fled to fellow neighbours such as Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.

On Thursday, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said more than 3.1 million people had fled Ukraine since the invasion.

“Hour by hour, minute by minute, people are fleeing the terrifying reality of violence in Ukraine. Unless the conflict ends, this heart-breaking crisis is set to grow. We need peace, now,” the agency said.

It added that more than two million people still within Ukraine’s borders had fled their homes.

The UNHCR initially estimated that up to four million people could leave Ukraine, but last week admitted that figure might well be revised upwards.

Second Batch Of Nigerians From Ukraine Arrives In Abuja

 

The second batch of Nigerian evacuees from Ukraine has arrived in Abuja.

An Air Peace flight carrying the 183 evacuees, (180 adults and three children) touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, at exactly 6:35 pm on Friday.

The evacuation exercise follows the attack by Russia on Ukraine which has left scores of people killed and many displaced.

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Over 5,000 Nigerians, majority of whom are students studying in Ukraine have been caught up in the conflict.

 

Nigerian evacuees from Ukraine

 

Many of them have reportedly fled to neighbouring countries to Ukraine including Hungary, Poland and Romania.

Earlier today, the first batch of Nigerian evacuees, numbering 416 arrived in the country from Romania, aboard Max Air.

Meanwhile, as the country ramps up efforts to evacuate citizens stranded after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to continue to defend the interest of Nigerians wherever they may be.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, quoted his principal as making this assertion on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya at a Townhall Meeting with some Nigerians in the country.

“On our part as a Government, we shall continue to defend the interests of all Nigerians wherever they may be. We have demonstrated this over time, as we have had cause to evacuate our citizens in harm’s way abroad,” the President said.

“We did it in Libya, South Africa and we have just commenced doing the same in Ukraine, where thousands of our citizens, especially students, are trapped by the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.”

As part of support for the evacuation process, the President had earlier in the week approved $8.5m dollars to the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Humanitarian, Disaster Management, and Social Development.

Ukraine: FG Postpones Evacuation Flight From Poland To Nigeria

 

An Air Peace charter flight scheduled to evacuate Nigerians fleeing Ukraine from Poland on Thursday has been postponed.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official, Bolaji Akinremi, the flight was postponed due to a delay in preparing passengers for the check-in process.

The flight has now been scheduled for Friday morning.

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About 2,000 Nigerians have fled Ukraine, amid a Russian invasion, to neigbouring countries, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

The Federal Government on Wednesday said it has approved $8.5m for the evacuation of citizens.

According to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, the countries where the pickup flights would be headed include – Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania.

Two flights from Air Peace and one from Max Air are expected to carry out the evacuation exercise.

Blinken To Visit Poland, Baltics, Moldova In Support Of Ukraine

 

US top diplomat Antony Blinken will travel in the coming days to Belgium, Poland, the Baltic states and Moldova to reaffirm Washington’s support for Ukraine, the State Department announced Wednesday.

The trip, from March 3 to 8, “continues extensive consultations and coordination with our NATO Allies and European partners about the Russian Federation’s continued premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified war against Ukraine,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

The Secretary of State will first stop in Brussels for meetings with his counterparts from the European Union and NATO countries.

The stop in Chisinau comes as Western leaders have raised concerns that Moscow’s offensive against Kyiv could spread to Moldova, another former Soviet republic landlocked between Romania and Ukraine that is seeing an influx of Ukrainian refugees.

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Moldova is home to the pro-Russian separatist region of Transdniestr. Moldovan President Maia Sandu was elected in 2020 on a pro-Western platform.

Poland, meanwhile, is at the forefront of the effort to host refugees fleeing Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

According to the latest assessment published Wednesday by the UN, Poland has taken in more than 450,000 Ukrainians, or 51.9 percent of the total number of refugees who have left Ukraine since then.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki recently said he feared a Russian attack in Poland, Finland or the Baltic states.

NATO has pledged to reinforce its military resources in eastern Europe, particularly in the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as well as Poland and Romania.

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FG To Evacuate Nigerians In Ukraine From Poland

A fragment of a destroyed Russian tank is seen on the roadside on the outskirts of Kharkiv on February 26, 2022, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Sergey BOBOK / AFP
A fragment of a destroyed Russian tank is seen on the roadside on the outskirts of Kharkiv on February 26, 2022, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Sergey BOBOK / AFP

 

Nigerians still in Ukraine will now be evacuated through the nation’s embassy in Poland amid a Russian invasion.

This is according to a notice from the Nigerian Embassy in Poland obtained by Channels Television on Saturday.

“In light of the recent happenings in Ukraine, please be advised that for all Nigerians crossing over to Poland would have us waiting for them,” the notice said.

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“The Federal Government of Nigeria is making necessary arrangements for the evacuation of those stranded in Ukraine through the Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

“Please present this as your destination address with the Border controls 02-953, Kosiarzy 22B, 02-956 Warszawa

“The Nigerian Embassy staff and along with volunteers will be at the Polish-Ukrainian borders with buses and vans to pick up Nigerians from the crossing border points and locations below:

Hrebenne-Rawa Ruska
Szkoła Podstawowa w Lubyczy Królewskiej (zaplecze hali sportowej) ul. Jana III Sobieskiego 5, 22-680 Lubycza Królewska
Phone: +48-729275316

Korczowa-Krakowiec
Świetlica, Korczowa 155, 37-552 Korczowa
Phone:+48-579201775

Medyka-Szeginie
Hala Sportowa – Medyka 285, 37-732 Medyka
Phone:+48-729242516

Budomierz-Hurszew
Szkoła Podstawowa w m. Krowica Sama 183, 37-625 Krowica Sama
Phone: +48-739493541

Poland Refuses To Play 2022 World Cup Play-Off Against Russia

This aerial file photo taken on April 20, 2016, shows an aerial view of the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris. France will host this season’s Champions League final after Saint Petersburg was stripped of the match due to Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, UEFA announced on February 25, 2022. PHOTO: ROBERT GRAHN / AFP

 

Poland will not play their 2022 World Cup play-off with Russia in Moscow on March 24 due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine the president of the Polish football federation said on Saturday.

The conflict entered the third day on Saturday since Russian leader Vladimir Putin unleashed a full-scale invasion that has killed dozens of people, forced more than 50,000 to flee Ukraine in just 48 hours, and sparked fears of a wider conflict in Europe.

“The time for talking is over. It is time to act. Due to the escalation of the Russian Federation’s aggression in Ukraine, the Polish team does not envisage playing the play-off against Russia,” wrote Cezary Kulesza, adding it was the “only correct decision”.

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He said he would work with the Swedish and Czech federations — the winners of their match would have to play in Russia (on March 29) if the latter beat Poland — to present a unified position to Fifa.

The three federations issued a joint statement on Thursday demanding Fifa move the respective play-offs from Russia.

Polish star Robert Lewandowski had tweeted on Friday that he would consult his teammates about the match and his rejection of war.

“Everything which is beautiful in sports is against what war brings,” he said.

“For all people who value freedom and peace, this is a time of solidarity with the victims of the military aggression in Ukraine.

“As the Captain of the National Team, I will speak with my teammates about the match against Russia, in order to work out a common position on this question and present it to the president of the PZPN (Polish Football Association) as soon as possible.”

European football’s governing body UEFA punished Russia on Friday by stripping Saint Petersburg of hosting European club football’s showpiece event the Champions League final on May 28 and awarded it to Paris.

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Dutch Ministry Moves Ukraine Embassy To Poland

Ukrainian service members look for unexploded shells after a fighting with Russian raiding group in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the morning of February 26, 2022. PHOTO: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP

 

The Dutch ministry of foreign affairs said on Saturday it was moving its embassy in Ukraine to Poland to ensure the safety of its staff after Russia’s invasion of the pro-Western country. 

“Foreign affairs minister Wopke Hoekstra has decided that ambassador Jennes de Mol and his team will immediately move to Jaroslaw, on the Polish side of the border with Ukraine, to continue their work there,” the ministry said in a statement.

Prior to the Russian invasion, The Hague had already moved its embassy in Kyiv to Lviv, 70 kilometres (40 miles) from the Polish border in the west of Ukraine last Sunday.

Since then, nearly 30 Dutch citizens living in Ukraine have contacted the embassy for help, either for travel documents, advice on moving to Poland, or simply for food or someone to talk to, the ministry said.

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But the situation was now becoming “increasingly dangerous in Lviv”, too, the ministry said, adding that the authorities would continue to help any Dutch citizens wanting to leave Ukraine.

“If necessary and the security situation allows, team members will also cross over to the Ukrainian side of the border to provide assistance.”

The Netherlands had advised its citizens to leave Ukraine on February 12.

“Our advice to Dutch citizens is still to leave the country if it is safe to do so, or if not, to look for a safe place,” the ministry said.

“It’s not a question of the Dutch government evacuating people.”

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Poland Offers Ukraine Ammunition Ahead Of PM’s Visit

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki talks to the press on the sidelines of the “Defend Europe” summit, organised by the Spanish far-right party VOX, in Madrid on January 29, 2022. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP

 

Poland on Monday said it had offered Ukraine tens of thousands of ammunition rounds ahead of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s visit to Kyiv as fears of a Russian invasion grow.

The EU member has also announced it is readying itself for a potential wave of up to a million refugees from Ukraine if negotiations fail and war breaks out.

“The decision has been taken to send defensive ammunition to Ukraine,” said Pawel Soloch, head of the national security bureau.

He told reporters the offer consisted of “tens of thousands of ammunition rounds, at present” and that Poland was now awaiting a response from Ukraine.

Morawiecki is due to visit Ukraine on Tuesday.

Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wasik last week spoke of the humanitarian aid Poland was prepared to offer its neighbour to the east.

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“If the situation in Ukraine were to end in war, then we must be prepared for an influx of real refugees,” Wasik told TV Republika.

“The interior ministry has for some time now been taking steps to prepare us for a wave of even a million people,” he added.

He said Poland, with a population of 38 million, would have to ready border crossings and medical services for any such influx, as well as prepare accommodation and meals for the refugees.

The country already has a sizeable Ukrainian community, including a longstanding minority of 50,000 with Polish citizenship.

Another 300,000 Ukrainians have Polish residence permits, yet the actual number living there is estimated to be much higher.

Relations between Russia and the West are at their lowest point since the Cold War after Moscow deployed tens of thousands of troops on the border of Ukraine.

The military build-up has prompted fears it is planning an invasion, spooking NATO and its members in the region and prompting the Western alliance to explore bolstering its own deployments there.

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