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The first plane delivering Ukrainian refugees to Canada lands in Winnipeg

The first flight from Ukraine to Canada lands in Winnipeg.

Key Takeaways:

  • More than 300 Ukrainian migrants arrived on the tarmac at Winnipeg International Airport, one of 3 chartered planes expected to arrive in the next week.
  • A volunteer with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress told Global News that a flood of emotions washed over him as the plane touched down.
  • The second plane will leave Poland on May 29 for Montreal, while the third will leave on June 2 for Halifax.

On Monday, more than 300 Ukrainian migrants landed on the tarmac at Winnipeg International Airport, the first of three chartered aircraft anticipated to arrive in Canada within the next week.

The jet touched down at 3:45 p.m. central time, and hundreds of passengers fleeing the fighting in Ukraine disembarked to a warm greeting from airport personnel.

“We talked for two hours about the benefits and drawbacks, and now she’s on this plane.” Volodymyr Pimakhov exclaimed, “It’s great!” just moments before one of his best friends arrived in Winnipeg.

The immigrants were greeted at the airport welcome counter and given instructions on obtaining important documents, including health cards, social security numbers, bank accounts, and welcome packages comprising toys and gifts for their children.

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“We have numerous programs available for them,” Manitoba Premier Heather Stefansson said. “We’re just going to greet them with open hearts, minds, and arms.”

According to estimates, a third of the passengers on the plane were minors.

Once the plane touched down, a volunteer with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress told Global News that a wave of emotions washed over him.

The first flight from Ukraine to Canada lands in Winnipeg.
The first flight from Ukraine to Canada lands in Winnipeg. Image from CBC News

“A sense of relief, a sense of recognition for our volunteer crew that has been working nonstop since April 15,” Nick Krewetz remarked.

Since Russian soldiers first assaulted in late February, Canada’s government has already accepted thousands of Ukrainians.

According to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, the three aircraft will help bring nearly 90,000 Ukrainians eligible for emergency transit into Canada.

The second plane will depart from Poland on May 29 for Montreal, while the third, intended for Halifax, will depart on June 2.

Source: Global News

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