170 Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion arrive in New Brunswick on charter flight

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MONCTON, N.B. — A plane carrying about 170 Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion has landed in New Brunswick.

The flight into Moncton was greeted this afternoon by provincial officials, including Premier Blaine Higgs, and people were handed small New Brunswick flags as they got off the plane.

Higgs said earlier he hopes the province can provide the new arrivals the comfort and safety they need.

A provincial immigration team has worked with settlement agencies, employers, community organizations and the Red Cross to prepare for the Ukrainians, who will join about 300 compatriots who have arrived in the province since the war began.

Welcome kits for adults included practical information on applying for a Social Insurance Number and medicare, while those for children held colouring books and snacks.

Most of the newcomers are expected to settle in Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 7, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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