Foreign and Defense Secretary Simon Coveney said Irish troops would go to Poland-Ukraine border to assist with humanitarian efforts there “if it helps”.
inister Coveney said Ireland would provide “logistic assistance” through the Self-Defense Force to register refugees, manage logistics at the border and assist with the transport system if needed.
The minister will meet his Polish counterpart for talks in Warsaw today and he said the focus of the meeting will be on how Ireland can help and be “more proactive politically and from a human point of view”. religion”.
He said they would also discuss European Union support for Ukraine’s military through the European Peace Facility as it was “likely” that pledges would be increased.
However, Mr Coveney said the biggest problem right now was the “irregular” number of Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
“About two million [refugees] crossed the border in three weeks. That’s about 100,000 people coming to Poland every day and it’s a burden that we need to share across the European Union to support the people of Ukraine while they are fleeing war,” he said.
Mr Coveney said it was expected that between 18,000 and 21,000 Ukrainian nationals would move to Ireland by the end of March.
He said that number would increase if the war continued “as it is expected”.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Irish Morning Mr. Coveney described the current situation in Poland as ‘a wartime atmosphere’.
“[It is] Totally dominated by the side-by-side war in Ukraine and the generosity of the Polish people towards their Ukrainian brothers and sisters is remarkable,” he said.
“To imagine that in three weeks, two million people will cross the border into your country, and the majority are accommodated and cared for, is an extraordinary endeavor.
“Whether that’s sustainable in the coming weeks when that two million becomes four million in the next month or so is the question, and that’s where the rest of the European Union has to be generous.”
Regarding efforts to secure a ceasefire in Ukraine, Minister Coveney said Ireland would act as a mediator for Ukraine-Russia negotiations, if Russia would sit down.
“We are very willing to do that, whether we have the capacity or not, whether Russia wants to or not,” he said.
“We had a Security Council meeting in the last few hours. Russia has proposed what is considered a rather cynical move regarding protecting civilians from the war in Ukraine while it continues to arm them.
“It’s hard to know who the Kremlin is going to listen to right now and that’s why I think there has been some effort within the United Nations to try and put pressure on China, India and Turkey. States to use the influence they have in Moscow, because they clearly have more influence than everyone else, to try to put an end to this madness. “
He added that Ireland was looking to use “every platform possible” to try to bring about peace.
https://www.independent.ie/news/irish-defence-forces-could-travel-to-ukraine-border-to-offer-logistical-help-coveney-41461144.html Irish Defense Force could go to Ukraine border to provide ‘logistics help’ – Coveney