Two Ukrainian refugees in Dublin edited Sky News host Kay Burley after the presenter said she hoped they could “start building a new life in Dublin, safe in the knowledge that The British people are completely behind you.”
he is interviewing two young women, Alada and Anastasia, who have fled to Ireland after war-torn Ukraine.
However, Burley seems to have confused Ireland with a move to help survivors of the war with Britain.
“I’m glad you guys are safe,” Burley told two Ukrainian women, Alada and child psychologist Anastasia. What a terrible journey you have been on.
“Hopefully you can start building a new life in Dublin, safe in the knowledge that the British people are fully behind you.”
However, Alada did not realize this cryptic statement and made sure to immediately thank Ireland.
“We want to tell the people of Ireland that we are so grateful for all the kindness and hospitality,” Alada said.
“Our Irish family, who hosted us, we were surrounded by attention. We can feel the family warmth, we really appreciate that. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Alada told the Sky audience: “Our homeland is under attack. Our city of Kharkiv is an enemy target. Civilians are dying slowly. Our families are in Kharkiv, hiding in bomb shelters and underground stations.”
She told how the journey to the Polish border from Ukraine had taken days. “We didn’t know where to go next,” Alada said.
“We were stuck in Poland. We were desperate. We are stuck in Poland.
“We decided to return to Ukraine. The fact that we are in Ireland is amazing.”
She said their arrival in Ireland was “accidental” and happened after a woman asked Anastasia to help her child, who was traumatized by the war.
Alada gave no further information but it was clear that the two women were relieved to be in Ireland.
The BBC says 4,000 visas have been issued to Ukrainians so far, but many thousands more are expected to be issued after the new scheme.
Meanwhile, Ireland has welcomed more than 3,000 refugees, according to RTÉ, with thousands more expected to move here.
One person tweeted: “Dublin is in Ireland, it’s not British. Kay, must do better. ”
And another wrote: “The interviewee chose it immediately and named ‘Irish’ multiple times in her answer. More similar content from @skynews. We are used to it now. ”
The British government has been heavily criticized for not doing enough to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russian aggression.
And about 2.6 million people have fled the country, which is being heavily bombarded by Russian troops.
Today, in the UK, the Home for Ukrainian Refugees program has been launched. Despite what appears to be slow progress by the British State on this issue, it appears the British people are preparing to answer the call.
The BBC reports 89,000 Britons signed up to help provide homes for refugees on the first day.
Housing and Communities Minister Michael Gove has also announced there is currently no limit to the number of Ukrainians who can enter the UK under the UK funding scheme.
The scheme allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to provide free room or house rent to Ukrainians who have escaped the war.
Before this initiative was launched, the UK Government had only allowed refugees with UK links to enter the country.
Now, under the new scheme, each household with a refugee will be provided with €414.89 a month, tax free.
Sky News has been contacted for comment.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ukrainian-refugees-appear-to-correct-kay-burley-after-she-says-they-could-build-new-life-in-dublin-safe-in-knowledge-british-people-are-behind-you-41448855.html Ukrainian refugees seem to correct Kay Burley after she said they can ‘build a new life in Dublin, safe in the knowledge that the British are behind you’