Poland is preparing for a possible influx of refugees from Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion, despite Moscow's assurances that it is withdrawing its troops from the Ukrainian border, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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Moravetsky said this after NATO announced that the number of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border continued to grow.

The Polish prime minister said that infrastructure for refugees would be built near the border with Ukraine, but that some migrants could be relocated later.

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"Over the next few days, I will convene a team to deal with logistics, facilities, transport and infrastructure," Moravetsky told reporters.

"We need to be prepared for the worst," he said, adding that the team will also be tasked with ensuring that refugees have access to health services and education.

"We will help the Ukrainians to cope more easily with the consequences of a possible Russian attack," he explained.

Russia announced yesterday that it is beginning to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border and that within three to four weeks the military will return to its usual positions.

NATO has said it would welcome Russia's withdrawal, but so far there have been no signs of any significant movement.  

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