Russia charters flight to US to remove personnel expelled amid war with Ukraine


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The US government on Saturday approved a Russian-chartered flight to withdraw United Nations (UN) mission personnel, as Russia continues its war against neighboring Ukraine.

The State Department told Fox News in a statement that the staff were expelled from the United States due to “abuse” of their residence.

“The U.S. government has approved a flight chartered by the Russian government to facilitate the departure of Russian personnel from the UN mission who were expelled for abuse of their residency privileges,” a spokesperson for the department said. US State at Fox News.

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“This special exception was made in accordance with federal regulations to ensure the departure of Russian mission personnel and their families on the date we specified,” the spokesperson said.

A Ukrainian soldier walks past houses in the village of Novoluhanske, Luhansk region, Ukraine, Saturday, February 19, 2022.
(AP Photo/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

The departure of Russian personnel from the United States is just the latest in an escalating international conflict, as Ukrainian refugees flee the war-torn country and volunteer soldiers are reportedly pouring into Ukraine via Poland.

The Biden administration recently announced this week a ban on Russian planes from US airspace. This charter flight is an approved exception.

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More than 1.25 million people have fled Ukraine because Russian invaded on February 24, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced in a press release on Saturday.

Ukrainians crowd under a destroyed bridge as they attempt to flee across the Irpin River on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Ukrainians crowd under a destroyed bridge as they attempt to flee across the Irpin River on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
(Associated Press)

The massive displacement marks the ‘greatest humanitarian crisis Europe has seen since the world war’ [II]“said IOM, which is requesting $350 million to support humanitarian efforts in the war-torn country.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) called it “the fastest refugee exodus of this century” on Saturday Tweeter.




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