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Robert Rinder warns history is ‘repeating itself’ as refugees flee Ukraine

Robert Rinder warns that history is “repeating itself” as he reports from Poland’s border with Ukraine.

He’s a lawyer and television judge who traveled to Eastern Europe in an effort to help the grandparents of Oksana Platero, his former professional partner in serious competition, safely cross the border.

Speaking from the town of Przemysl, the 43-year-old challenged the speed with which the British Government is handling applicants who have fled Ukraine.

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain via video link that he and his translator had struggled to complete an online form requested at the border with people fleeing the conflict. punch.

“People should know what happened in the past or we will repeat it,” he said. I can tell Google My Business viewers and you that it’s repeating itself.

“It’s hard to believe, Susanna (Reid) and Richard (Madeley), that this is 2022.

“Trains come infrequently. When they do it’s women, it’s children, it’s babies in their mother’s arms.

“They arrived in zigzag carts, a sea of ​​people usually with only a suitcase or clothes on their backs.”

He compared the scene at the station to the Jewish grandparents’ experience of fleeing to England during World War II.

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Refugees arrive at the railway station in the Polish border town of Przemysl (Daniel Cole/AP)

Referring to the number of households currently registered to provide housing for Ukrainian refugees, he said: “It is not difficult. We don’t even need to say that the Government is doing it wrong or doing it wrong.

“The British people are speaking out. All they want is (for the Government) to make – and I will repeat this because it is repetitive – to deliver on the promises they have made.

“There are now nearly 50,000 people who have stood up and offered to buy their home. They just wanted to bring them here.

“It doesn’t take much. There has to be someone on the ground to help with the paperwork.”

Nearly 89,000 households are now registered to receive Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion, according to the Department for Upgrading, Housing and Communities.

Ukrainian dancer Platero confirmed her relatives have arrived in Poland safely.

Rinder was recently made an MBE for Holocaust awareness and education services, after uncovering stories of Jewish families in a BBC series and speaking regularly in schools with survivors.

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