Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Kingdom has urged the UK government to relax visa requirements for a limited time in order to allow refugees to flee his country more quickly.
Vadym Prystaiko, testifying before a committee of MPs, claims that approximately seven million people have been displaced as a result of the conflict with Russia.
He claims that few Ukrainians will choose to leave their “natural home” among “Slavic tribes” in Eastern Europe, and that the government intends to welcome them back soon to rebuild.
And he tells MPs that he understands immigration is a delicate topic in the UK, and that any reforms are “really for you to determine”.
Prystaiko, on the other hand, asks MPs if they can vote for “any temporary release of us from the regulations to allow people to get here”.
I would be glad if all the obstacles were lifted for a period of time when we could receive the most people, then we would deal with it, and my embassy is here to help, he says.