Polish President Andrzej Duda reiterated his country's support for Ukraine and for the refugees who have fled the war-torn country.
“I am one of those politicians that even before the war believed the Ukraine would successfully defend itself," Duda said during remarks at the UN General Assembly.
More than 6 million Ukrainian refugees have fled across the border to Poland since the start of the war, according to Duda. He said now, some of them are "permanent guests," with about 2 million people still living in his country, while others go back and forth between Poland and Ukraine.
“Today, I’m convinced that Ukraine will prevail, that the refugees will return to their homes, that Ukraine will be rebuilt," Duda said while pledging that Poland and its allies will do "the utmost to make this happen."
The Polish president also talked about food insecurity and shared concerns about Russian troops destroying crops or blocking shipments of grain. He said Poland will "go to great lengths" to help facilitate that grain moving forward, calling hunger a critical issue.
Duda said Russia was "not only threatening Ukraine but the entire world,” pointing to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and the threat of nuclear disaster in Europe.
Moving forward: Duda called on countries to increase aid to the Ukrainian civilian population, adding that humanitarian needs are currently greater than the funds that are available. He said while it was "very positive" that Western Europe rallied to support Ukraine during the war, he added, "Let's not become complacent."