The Home Secretary has been humiliated by a Ukrainian MP as Priti Patel promised UK visas in three days and it has now been three weeks.
Lesia Vasylenko, 35, has been trying to get 300 families out of war torn Ukraine where homes are waiting for them.
She said that they joke about the British government and say, “by the time the UK has done all the checks and balances the war will be over.”
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Vasylenko said in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror, “Only one family has received visas so far. I feel let down by the lack of coordination.
“If you give such a time frame then you must have the resources to deliver. But it’s not working.
“The generosity of the British people is huge. Host families have been brilliant and text every day.
“But the bureaucracy is getting in the way of their big hearted willingness to help
“People are now opting to go to other countries because it is faster.
“There are cases of children getting visas while their parents do not. They should be processed together.
“The joke in Ukraine is that by the time the UK has done all the checks and balances the war will be over.”
Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said, “It is appalling that such a tiny number of refugees have been allowed into the UK. Priti Patel is putting paperwork before people.”
But a Home Office spokesperson said, “We have launched one of the fastest and biggest visa schemes in UK history.
“We are continuing to speed up visa processing across both schemes, including boosting caseworkers and simplifying the forms.”
Vasylenko added, “My major concern for children remaining in Ukraine is that they will become victims of the Russian soldier’s barbarity.
“They will torture and kill them in the same way as they do with adults.”
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