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Boris Johnson announces at Cathedral that Ukrainians fleeing warzone can join family in the UK

by Alex Collett

The Prime Minister has announced at the those fleeing Ukraine will be able to join their family members in the UK. 

Boris Johnson shared the news whilst visiting a Ukrainian place of worship - the Cathedral of the Holy Family - in London yesterday evening.  

As Russian troops head deeper into Ukraine, Ukrainians fleeing the invasion will be welcomed into the U.K if they have family in Britain.

In a statement he said: "The U.K. will not turn our backs in Ukraine's hour of need.

"My heart aches for the Russian parents who are already losing their children in this vicious and appalling war - just as it aches for the civilians and the people of Ukraine."

Johnson also said that visa restrictions are being eased for Ukrainians who have immediate family in Britain, Reuters reports.

Speaking to a group of Ukrainians at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, Johnson promised a system that would allow those fleeing in fear of persecution to reunite with family or 'other purposes.'

Boris also announced he will send over $53 million (£40 million) in humanitarian aid to Ukraine, including medical supplies to support those fleeing the invasion.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the next 24-hours will be a "crucial period" for his country.

Satellite images appear to show a more than three-mile-long Russian military convoy nearing the capital Kyiv - as Ukraine's president warns of a 'crucial' 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials say peace talks with Russia are continuing - and are about to enter their third round. 

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