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Hundreds of Britons flee Ukraine

HUNDREDS of Britons have fled Ukraine since the Foreign Office asked them to leave as soon as possible.

But as many as 5,000 others are still there – with many expected to fail even if Putin invades.

Hundreds of Britons have left Ukraine since the Foreign Office asked them to leave as soon as possible

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Hundreds of Britons have left Ukraine since the Foreign Office asked them to leave as soon as possibleCredit: AFP

Flights from the capital Kyiv to London were packed as visa fees were waived to encourage Britons to go out with their families.

Many of those who remain have business and family links in the country.

One source urged those staying behind to try to avoid “high-value targets” such as airports and bases close to home or on the routes they use.

A core staff member of the British Embassy, ​​led by Ambassador Melinda Simmons, continues to work in Kyiv.

But a British Consulate was opened in Lviv, close to the Polish border, to deal with the influx of refugees that an invasion might unleash.

US and Israeli missions have also moved 300 miles west to the city.

A core employee of the British Embassy, ​​led by Ambassador Melinda Simmons, continues to work in Kyiv

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A core employee of the British Embassy, ​​led by Ambassador Melinda Simmons, continues to work in KyivCredit: Getty

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17675783/brits-flee-ukraine-5000-stay-putin-invade/ Hundreds of Britons flee Ukraine

Bobby Allyn

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