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Ukrainian orphans finally arrive in Scotland


Huge relief for all involved

Dozens of orphaned Ukrainian children have arrived in Scotland after being delayed due to incorrect paperwork.

The group of 52 children from Dnipro were supported by the Hibs FC charity Dnipro Kids.

They will stay in Callander, near Stirling, then will move to Edinburgh in their smaller family-style groups.

The chief executive of the charity Magen David Adom UK, which was involved in organising the flight, tweeted a picture of the children arriving at Heathrow on Wednesday evening.

The Edinburgh-based charity has made arrangements for the children, who range from infants to older teenagers, and their seven legal guardians to stay in a hostel while they acclimatise to life in Scotland.

Ian Blackford, the SNP MP, told the House of Commons: "This is a good day for these 50 young Ukrainian orphans arrive in Scotland after delay people but let's hope it's the beginning of something much more significant for more young people that we can offer sanctuary to," he said.

Home secretary Priti Patel tweeted about their arrival: "Huge thanks to my team at the UK Home Office, the Ukraine and Poland authorities, the Scottish Government and Virgin Atlantic who worked urgently on their swift arrival.

"The care they will receive will go some way to heal their suffering."

Up to 3,000 people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine will be offered immediate temporary accommodation in Scotland.

The Scottish government has also announced a further £15m of funding will be made available to help refugees, including £11m for local councils and £2.5m for temporary accommodation.

About 3.6 million people, mostly women, children and elderly people, have fled Ukraine since Russian army invaded last month.



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