Up to 100,000 Russia-Ukraine war refugees to be allowed into US

More than 3.6 million people have fled Ukraine since war started one month ago

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The US is to accept up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine and provide an extra $1 billion in humanitarian aid to those impacted by the war, the White House said on Thursday.

"The United States is announcing plans to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia's aggression through the full range of legal pathways, including the US Refugee Admissions Program," it said in a statement released as US President Joe Biden attended summits in Brussels focused on the war.

The White House also said it would back new efforts, including the establishment of a conflict observatory, to gather information about potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

More than 3.5 million people have fled since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, according to the United Nations, straining support systems in the neighbouring European countries receiving them.

The UN says more than 3. 6 million people have fled Ukraine since the war started exactly one month ago in what is the biggest movement of people in Europe since World War II.

Unprepared, most refugees believed they would soon be back home. That hope is waning now.

Updated: March 25, 2022, 4:25 AM