/Priti Patel today ruled out visa-free entry to Britain Ukrainians fleeing the conflict with Russia because of fears it could allow under-cover Moscow troops and extremists in with them

Priti Patel today ruled out visa-free entry to Britain Ukrainians fleeing the conflict with Russia because of fears it could allow under-cover Moscow troops and extremists in with them

Priti Patel today ruled out visa-free entry to Britain Ukrainians fleeing the conflict with Russia because of fears it could allow under-cover Moscow troops and extremists in with them.

The Home Secretary, who has come under intense political pressure from MPs to do more to allow refugees to reach the UK, said a new ‘humanitarian route’ would allow 100,000 Ukrainians to reach safety.

But while rules will be relaxed for those arriving, as well as those already here, she rejected calls to follow the EU’s lead and drop security vetting.

Ms Patel told MPs she was following the ‘strongest security advice’ as she rejected the call to scrap the need for visas. 

‘Security and biometric checks are a fundamental part of our visa approval process worldwide and will continue, amanslot as they did for the evacuation of people from Afghanistan,’ she said.

‘That is vital to keep British citizens safe and to ensure that we are helping those in genuine need, particularly as Russian troops are now infiltrating Ukraine and merging into Ukrainian forces.

‘Intelligence reports also state the presence of extremist groups and organisations who threaten the region but also our domestic homeland.

‘We know all too well what Putin’s Russia is willing to do, even on our soil, as we saw through the Salisbury attack.’

Senior Tories including Damian Green and amanslot Jeremy Hunt became the latest to demand amanslot greater efforts to help refugees this afternoon, writing to Boris Johnson to urge him to ‘act decisively’ and ‘share responsibility’ with other European nations. 

She announced a new humanitarian route for those escaping the Russian onslaught after being accused of a 'toxic combination of incompetence and indifference' towards those seeking sanctuary.

She announced a new humanitarian route for those escaping the Russian onslaught after being accused of a ‘toxic combination of incompetence and indifference’ towards those seeking sanctuary.

Boris Johnson, who joined a mass at a Ukrainian church in London last night, said thousands of refugees would benefit from the suspension of normal visa rules in light of the humanitarian crisis sparked by Russia's invasion

Boris Johnson, who joined a mass at a Ukrainian church in London last night, said thousands of refugees would benefit from the suspension of normal visa rules in light of the humanitarian crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion

The Government faced a backlash over the weekend after Immigration Minister Kevin Foster suggested Ukrainians fleeing the war should continue applying to work as fruit pickers if they wanted to come to the UK

The Government faced a backlash over the weekend after Immigration Minister Kevin Foster suggested Ukrainians fleeing the war should continue applying to work as fruit pickers if they wanted to come to the UK

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