Simon Coveney in Kyiv: After the Russian invasion, ministers were taken by special forces to a secret location for talks in Ukraine

Simon Coveney has traveled to Kyiv to hold talks with the Ukrainian government on how Ireland can continue to support the war-torn country.

the foreign minister who a arrived in Kyiv last night will also tell Ukrainian officials and politicians that Ireland will support their efforts to join the European Union.

Mr Coveney traveled to Poland with the defense forces before being met by police at the border Ukraine Special Forces who took him to a safe place in the besieged capital.

He was accompanied by the Irish Ambassador to Ukraine, Therese Healy, as well as a political adviser and a close protection team from the Garda Emergency Response Unit (GRU).

The visit to Ukraine is the first by a foreign minister in the United Nations Security Council since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Coveney’s spokesman said talks with the Ukrainian government would focus on how Ireland could do this continue to provide political, security and humanitarian support, help Ukraine in its bid for EU candidate status, advance further EU sanctions against Russia and hold Vladimir Putin accountable for his “brutal and unjustified invasion”.

“The minister plans to report to the UN Security Council, where Ireland has a seat,” the spokesman said.

“Ireland, through the European Peace Facility, has provided €20 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees in neighboring countries, and €33 million in non-lethal aid to Ukraine’s military.

“Ireland led the way in putting in place a robust EU sanctions system and supporting international mechanisms to hold Russia accountable for serious violations of international humanitarian law, including referring the situation in Ukraine to the International Criminal Court.”

Meanwhile, thousands of Ukrainian refugees could be housed in “tent cities” starting next Monday as hotel space is running out and only half of the people who offered space in their homes have kept their pledges.

Between 90 and 95 per cent of the new refugees arriving in Ireland in the coming days will be accommodated in emergency shelters.

This includes tent camps and camp beds in community halls or sports halls.

Millstreet tented camp in Co Cork will be operational from Monday.

The youth welfare office is striving to renew and extend the contracts with hotels and guesthouses.

She is also urgently trying to find alternative accommodation for those refugees who are currently staying in hotels.

Inc Government spokesman said it would There was “increased pressure” for short-term accommodation and added that it was wa s increasingly likely that the camp would be in Cork used to accommodate people once it wa will be ready by Monday.

Of the 24,000 pledges of accommodation made by members of the Irish public to the Red Cross, around half have either been withdrawn or the person who made the original offer is unavailable.

All who have made pledges are expected to be contacted in the next week, Cabinet has been told.

The housing crisis that Ukrainian refugees are facing comes as more than 81 percent of all arrivals are looking for a place to stay.

Some additional capacities will be created by the local authorities in the coming days.

However, ministers were told that would be the case consist of “dormitory-style accommodation” with camp beds
in community halls and sports halls.

According to the latest forecasts presented to ministers on Tuesday, up to 42,000 Ukrainian refugees will have arrived in Ireland by the end of May.

However, it could be between 52,000 and 69,000 here if the number of daily arrivals averages between 580 and 900 in the coming weeks.

Around 23,000 Ukrainians have already arrived in the country.

Meanwhile, a group of Irish-based Ukrainians and their supporters plan to gather outside Leinster House at noon today to call on Ireland to ban the Russian warmark Z.

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