The first of three charter flights carrying Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion to Canada landed in Manitoba this afternoon.
The flight landed at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said the three flights were to help bring about 900 Ukrainians approved for emergency travel to Canada.
The second will leave for Montreal from Poland on May 29 and the third, bound for Halifax, will take off on June 2.
The Government of Canada has already taken in thousands of Ukrainians since the first attack by Russian forces in late February.
Manitoba said refugees will be taken to the province’s Ukrainian refugee reception center to receive settlement assistance after arrival.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 23, 2022.