Japan will accept Ukrainian refugees and work for ceasefire

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Japan will accept refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio said: “To show our solidarity with the Ukrainian people, we will accept those who have fled Ukraine to a third country.

Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa told Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan that Tokyo would work with fellow G7 members and the wider international community for a ceasefire.

Hayashi said, “I was deeply moved to see the people of Ukraine fighting for the sovereignty and independence of their nation. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the victims of Russian aggression.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Japan, Sergiy Korsunsky, said: “Ukraine is currently facing a serious challenge. On behalf of the people of my country, I express my deep gratitude for Japan’s support.

An opposition lawmaker told a Diet meeting that the ambassador’s request for a meeting with Hayashi had not been met for a month. The lawmaker accused the government of lax crisis management. Hayashi replied that he was unaware of the request.

Ukraine’s ambassador told NHK there are ways to counter Russia’s overwhelming military power.

Ambassador Korsunsky said: “We are not asking anyone to fight alongside us. We are standing — this is our war. What we are asking for my partners are weapons, political support and financial resources to survive the humanitarian crisis. They help in any way they can, so we think we’ll survive. With partners, friends, we are not alone.

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