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The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) decided not to purchase special radars, even though the military requested Polish airports be protected against drones - has found out. Civic Coalition MPs commented on this negligence at a press conference in the Sejm on Tuesday (May 23). "This should be treated as a form of sabotage, as there's nothing more important than the safety of passengers and crews in Polish planes," said Dariusz Joński. "Any potential collision with a drone is a huge danger to passengers," stressed Maciej Lasek, former head of the State Commission on Aircraft Accidents Investigation.

"It's the press that holds the government and public officials accountable. You keep us in check. The voices of journalists are essential in ensuring transparent and trustworthy governance," U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski said on Monday (May 22) at a conference organized by Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications. The ambassador stressed that "media freedom is an essential pillar of democracies around the world".

"Further 7 K2 Black Panther tanks from South Korea have arrived today by sea in the port of Gdynia," Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak informed on social media on Friday (May 19). He added the tanks would be delivered to the 20th Mechanized Brigade.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday "opened" a bridge in the village of Tylmanowa in southern Poland. Although it sounds quite ordinary, the quotation marks in the previous sentence are necessary as said bridge has been open for months now. This has not been first such "grand opening" ceremony of a new investment involving government officials.

Poland called on China to exert pressure on Russia to end its war in Ukraine during a meeting between two top officials in Warsaw, the Polish foreign ministry said on Friday. China attaches importance to Poland's key role in regional affairs, and is willing to continue to communicate with Warsaw on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis, said China's Special Envoy for Eurasian Affairs, Li Hui.

World number one Iga Świątek is awaiting an update on a thigh injury sustained in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Wednesday (May 17). "The diagnostic is in progress. More info in the following days. Will keep you updated," the Polish player said on Twitter on Thursday.

European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee on Wednesday (May 17) concluded their mission to Poland where they travelled to evaluate developments in education, culture, media and youth policies. The head of the committee, Sabine Verheyen, warned that when free media are in danger, so is democracy. "There is cause for great concern: academic freedom, artistic and cultural freedom and in particular media freedom and media pluralism in Poland are being attacked by the Polish government," she stressed.

A teenage girl from Gierałtowice municipality (Silesian Voivodeship) read an online post saying that a young man in Australia was planning to commit suicide. The girl told her mom about it, and the woman called the local police station in Knurów. The police, in turn, called their counterparts in Perth, who found the troubled teenager and saved his life.

President Andrzej Duda has called a meeting at the National Security Bureau to discuss preparations for July's NATO summit in Vilnius. Among those invited by the president for Thursday's meeting are: Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces General Rajmund Andrzejczak, and Operational Commander of the Armed Forces Branches Lieutenant General Tomasz Piotrowski.

"That’s not by accident, that’s by design, to show our incredible commitment and future commitment to this country and to our partnership with Poland," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Richard Verma said in an interview for TVN24's Michał Sznajder. He also stressed the United States were "so glad to see the HIMARS here to give Poland that capability that’s so important".

Poland received its initial batch of HIMARS rocket launchers on Monday (May 15). Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said the equipment would be immediately incorporated into the national army and will be deployed to the northeast of the country to strengthen NATO's eastern flank, which borders Russian ally, Belarus.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday (May 15) at a press conference in Otwock he had "complete confidence" in both MOD chief Mariusz Błaszczak and the military. "We are in constant contact with our NATO allies," he said, commenting on the incident with a missile which had hit the ground near Bydgoszcz and the information chaos that followed.

Polish military informed the police on Dec. 16, 2022, that "an unidentified flying object" could have fallen down near Bydgoszcz - confirmed with sources at Main Police Headquarters. According to our findings, the police in Nakło nad Notecią received a call from an military officer in the rank of lieutenant colonel and dispatched a patrol to search for said "object".

Warsaw's recently renovated Five Corners Square has now received a new artistic installation named "The Song Thrush Hatchling". The sculpture, designed by internationally acclaimed Polish artist Joanna Rajkowska, is exceptional for its acoustic qualities. If you put your ear close to shell, you will hear a hatching bird and the beating of its heart. The idea is to encourage passersby to stop for a while and promote sensitivity to other species.

"The U.S.-Polish relationship, in the times of crisis, is also now reaching new heights," U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski said on Friday (May 12) during Our Future Forum held in Warsaw. In his view, "we have never done as much together as we are doing now". Brzezinski also praised young Poles for their efforts in helping Ukrainian refugees. "I’m so proud of what the young generation has accomplished," he stressed.

During her trip to Poland, American actor and activist Natalie Portman visited Greater Poland Pediatrics Center in Poznań. Taking turns with U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski and his partner, Portman read her own fables to the kids. The profit from sales of "Fables" by Natalie Portman, published in Poland, will be donated to TVN Foundation to support child psychiatry.

Poland's main opposition party said on Friday the defence minister should face criminal charges for dereliction of duty, after the latter accused the army of failing to inform the government about a possible missile heading towards the country in December. Poland's National security Bureau (BBN) said in a statement issued on Friday that information currently available to President Andrzej Duda did not justify taking any personal decisions regarding top staff of Polish Armed Forces.

For the fourth year in a row, Poland has been ranked last among the EU countries in the Europe-wide ranking measuring the level of equal rights for LGBTQI+ people. Only seven countries across the whole continent ranked lower, including Belarus, Russia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. Rainbow Europe brings together both the legal index of LGBTI equality based on our Rainbow Europe Map and an overview of the social climate for LGBTI people in each country based on our Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People.