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The British public will be invited to welcome Ukrainian refugees

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The government is preparing to urge the British public to open their homes to refugees fleeing fighting in Ukraine amid continued criticism of its response to the crisis.

Upgrade Secretary Michael Gove will outline details of a new ‘sponsored’ humanitarian route on Monday to allow Ukrainians without family ties to the UK to come to the country.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that ministers will unveil a hotline and webpage where individuals, charities, businesses and community groups can offer rooms to those fleeing the conflict.

Boris Johnson told Sky News: “On Monday you’ll get Leveling Up from the Secretary, you’ll get the scheme which will get people in, so (if) people want to welcome (refugees) into their own homes they can make.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wears a badge with the Union Jack and Ukrainian flags during his visit to Cammell Laird shipyard in Merseyside (Phil Noble/PA)

Refugees entering via the new route will be allowed to stay for an initial period of 12 months during which they will have the right to work, claim benefits and access public services.

Managers will match them with free hosting offers from sponsoring individuals and organizations who will be vetted to ensure it is safe and secure.

The Telegraph said those offering accommodation should agree to take refugees in for a minimum period – potentially six months – and demonstrate they meet the appropriate standards.

A government spokesman said details of the scheme were being worked out “at pace”.

“The routes we have put in place follow extensive engagement with Ukrainian partners,” the spokesperson said.

“This is a complex and rapidly changing picture and as the situation evolves we will continue to constantly monitor our support.”

The move comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel was urged to do more to make it easier for those coming to the UK through the existing family route.

On Thursday, Ms Patel announced that from Tuesday people will be able to apply for a visa online and will no longer have to go to a processing center to give their biometrics.

It follows criticism that the UK’s response has been painfully slow to Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II, with an estimated 2.2million people having fled the country.

However, the British Red Cross said the quickest way to solve the problem would be to scrap the requirement for a visa, while the Refugee Council said Ms Patel’s announcement ‘does not go far enough far”.

Meanwhile, after the government announced it was sanctioning seven other Russians linked to Vladimir Putin’s regime, including Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the UK and other allies were to keep up the pressure with new measures, including a freeze on all Russian banking. assets.

“We need to double down and increase global pressure on Putin. We need to go deeper into sanctions to continue to tighten the noose,” she said in a speech in Washington.

“We want a situation where they can’t access their funds, they can’t settle their payments, their commerce can’t flow, their ships can’t dock and their planes can’t land.”

His call came as Mr Johnson warned that the ‘cynical and barbaric’ Russian regime appeared to be preparing to use chemical weapons in Ukraine as its forces continued to struggle to achieve expected gains in the face of fierce resistance.

“What you hear about chemical weapons is straight out of the Russian playbook,” he told Sky News.

“They are starting to say that there are chemical weapons that are stockpiled by their adversaries or by the Americans, so that when they themselves deploy chemical weapons – as I fear – they have a kind of maskirovka, a fake story, ready to go.”

In its latest intelligence assessment, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russian forces were increasingly committed to encircling key towns, reducing forces to continue their advance, which “will further slow Russia’s progress “.

Mr Johnson said he believed the conflict would only end when Mr Putin admitted he had made “a disastrous miscalculation” and withdrew his forces.

“Vladimir Putin himself has made it very difficult to find an exit ramp, and he has, I think, driven his tank, so to speak, into a cul-de-sac from which it will be very difficult to s ‘extirpate but he must,’ he said.