19 Jan 2024 15:54

Extended temporary protection in Poland not to apply to Ukrainian citizens - embassy

MOSCOW. Jan 19 (Interfax) - Extended temporary protection announced by the Polish government does not apply to Ukrainian citizens, Ukrainian media said, citing the Ukrainian embassy in Warsaw.

"As of January 18, 2024, Ukrainian citizens granted temporary protection in Poland by the special law dated March 12, 2022, that is PESEL number holders with the UKR status, can stay in Poland on the basis of this status until March 4, 2024. We will keep you informed about further changes," the embassy said.

According to the information on the Office for Foreigners' website, the extension of temporary protection certificates does not mean the continuation of temporary protection for citizens of Ukraine, it said.

Temporary protection certificates were issued to citizens of third countries legally residing in Ukraine when the crisis broke out, who came to Poland after the crisis began, the embassy said.

The Polish government said on Thursday that the temporary protection mechanism launched with the authorization of the Council of the European Union in March 2022 had been extended until March 4, 2025.