The United States will settle for 100,000 refugees from Ukraine and different nations who’ve been displaced by the Russian invasion and can present an extra $1 billion in humanitarian aid, the Biden administration announced on Thursday.
“While we expect many Ukrainians will choose to remain in Europe close to family and their homes in Ukraine, today, the United States is announcing plans to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression,” the White House stated in a press release.
The administration stated the refugees shall be welcomed by a “full range of legal pathways,” together with the US Refugee Admissions Program.
Ukrainians who have already got household in the US will obtain precedence for resettlement. The plan was first reported by NBC News.
“The United States and the European Union are also coordinating closely to ensure that these efforts, and other forms of humanitarian admission or transfers, are complementary and provide much-needed support to Ukraine’s neighbors,” stated the White House assertion issued as President Biden joined NATO leaders in Brussels for an emergency summit Thursday.
The US can be offering greater than $1 billion in new funding for humanitarian help for folks in Ukraine and others all over the world who’ve been displaced due to Russia’s assault, which started Feb. 24.
“This support builds on the 25-person humanitarian response team the United States has deployed to the region to assess needs, provide assistance, and coordinate closely with the United Nations, NGOs, and the Government of Ukraine, including the State Emergency Services of Ukraine,” the White House stated.
Since the beginning of the invasion, the US has offered greater than $123 million to the European Union and Ukraine’s neighbors to assist deal with the wave of refugees — with $48 million going to Poland, $30 million to Moldova, $10 million to Romania, $9 million to Hungary, and $4 million to Slovakia.
More than 3.6 million folks have fled Ukraine for the reason that invasion started, in accordance to the United Nations Refugee Agency.
The US, its allies and companions are additionally working with the World Food Programme to help 3.1 million Ukrainians with canned items, ready-to-eat rations, bread, wheat and flour.
Mobile medical groups are delivering emergency well being provides and badly wanted medication to Ukraine.
In cities like Mariupol, on the Black Sea coast, and Lviv, in western Ukraine, humanitarian organizations are distributing blankets, water, and kits containing cleaning soap, toothpaste, diapers and bathroom paper to the 1000’s who’ve been compelled from their houses due to the Russian bombardment. Teams are additionally offering psychological help.
Biden and 29 different NATO leaders met Thursday to focus on subsequent steps in their response to Russia’s invasion, together with further sanctions, in addition to the potential of Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering the usage of chemical, organic, or nuclear weapons to jump-start his forces’ stalled assault.