Since the war began last month, more than 2.5 million Ukrainian refugees have sought safety in Poland. On Friday, Mr. Biden met with humanitarian workers assisting the Ukrainian refugees and lauded their efforts.
The U.S. has provided $1 billion in new humanitarian aid and agreed to accept 100,000 Ukrainian migrants.
“Thank you for everything,” they repeatedly told Mr. Biden.
“You’re all brave, brave, brave,” Mr. Biden told the family.
After meeting with the refugees, Mr. Biden spoke about the horrors they’ve endured, and praised their bravery.
“I’ve been to an awful lot of places like this, a lot of refugee camps, in my life and I’m always surprised by the depth and strength of the human spirit,” he said. “I mean that sincerely.”
“It just makes you so damn proud,” he said of the childrens’ remarks.
“Each one of the children said something to the effect of ‘say a prayer for my dad, my grandfather, my brother, he’s over there fighting,’” Mr. Biden said. “I remember what it’s like when you have someone in a war zone. Every day you get up and wonder. You pray you don’t get that phone call. They are an amazing group of people.”
“Your presence, Mr. President, here today in the city of Rzeszow is also a great sign of support to us,” Mr. Duda told his U.S. counterpart. “Support in terms of humanitarian assistance, which today is provided to the refugees from Ukraine but also it is provided to us, Poles, who are receiving guests because this is the name we want to apply to them. We do not call them refugees. They’re our guests. Our brothers, our neighbors.”