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Newsline: Staff at British embassy in Ukraine not offered refuge in UK

Ukrainians who worked at the British embassy in Kyiv are being told they will not get refuge in the UK as they seek to flee the war unless they can fulfil strict entry qualifications, The Independent has been told. (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-embassy-staff-diplomats-uk-b2031024.html) The staff, many of whom have worked at the mission for years, are believed to have been informed that they will only qualify for a visa if they have close relations in the UK. A number of British diplomats were said to believe that failure to evacuate embassy staff amounted to creating ‘Afghanistan part two’.

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