In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a Barnet-based financial adviser offered his entire home in Poland as a refuge for fifteen Ukrainians who fled their country.
Filip Slipaczek, born in the UK and of Polish and Irish descent, offered accommodation in his house in the Tatra mountains, next to a village called Szczawa, an hour’s drive from Poland’s second largest city, Krakow .
In light of the ongoing dispute, the 63-year-old, who is based in New Barnet, also met Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers last month to urge UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to send more foreign aid to Poland, weeks after Warsaw. the mayor said he was “overwhelmed”.
Mr Slipaczek had a 30-minute Zoom call with Ms Villiers, after which the Tory MP agreed to send a letter to the Foreign Secretary asking him to send more foreign aid to Poland.
Mr Slipaczek said: “The British government could give arms and armor to Ukraine, just like the Poles.
“However, when it comes to physical aid for the refugee crisis in Poland, very little has been given.”
More than 300,000 Ukrainians have so far fled to Warsaw, Poland’s capital, since the Russian invasion, boosting its population by around 15% and putting the city’s services under severe strain.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-20 11:33:00