U.S. to accept up to 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing war -sources

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a child as people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine queue at the train station in Lviv, Ukraine March 21, 2022. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo

March 24, 2022

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States plans to accept up to 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion, two sources familiar with the forthcoming announcement told Reuters.

The expected announcement comes as U.S. President Joe Biden meets with European leaders on Thursday to coordinate Western nations’ response to Moscow’s assault on its neighboring country.

It was not immediately clear how the effort would work, including travel and immigration logistics.

Not all of the accepted Ukrainians will come through the U.S. refugee program, one Biden administration official said, with others coming on family-based visas or another process known as humanitarian parole.

More than 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded that country on Feb. 24, according to the United Nations refugee agency, the fastest-moving refugee crisis in Europe since the end of World War Two.

(Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw in Brussels and Ted Hesson in Washington; writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Chizu Nomiyama)

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