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UK plans monetary compensation for those who open their home to Ukrainian refugees

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Over 3,000 visas for Ukrainians fleeing the war with Russia have already been processed in the UK. Tens of thousands more are expected and any Brit who opens their home to refugees may receive monetary compensation.

The “scheme to get people in the UK to house Ukrainian refugees in their spare rooms will be launched on Monday and people could start hosting in a week’s time” reports Sky News. Michael Gove, the housing and levelling up secretary in charge of the refugee scheme on Sunday.

Gove told sky news that Ukrainian refugees could come to the UK and “For each individual who comes, just over £10,000 per individual will be available to local authorities” said Gove. “And then there’ll be additional payments for those children who are of school age and need to be accommodated within the education system” he said.

Those taking part in the campaign called “Homes for Ukraine” will receive £350-a-month as a “thank you” from the government. Individuals interested in offering up their homes and spare rooms can register for the program beginning Monday.

“Matching will be taking place from Friday” said Gove. “I would expect that in a week’s time we’ll see the first people coming here under the scheme” he added. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is supportive, but skeptical of the measure.

“Those plans just need to be in place now” said Starmer. “I’d have more comfort if there was a solid plan on the table – local authority leaders are saying they haven’t been consulted yet…they’re ready to put the support in, housing providers need to be involved in this. I want to see a concrete plan on the ground” he said.

Starmer referenced the recent crisis with Afghan refugees saying, “what I saw in the summer [with Afghanistan refugees] was you need language experts, experts with traumatized families, you need experts who can help them contact their relatives back in the country they’ve just fled from.”

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  1. Lynn

    March 15, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    What in Hades is a “leveling up secretary?” The Brits surely have some odd terminology.

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Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.

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A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.

The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.

However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.

CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.

The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”

 

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