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Ottawa speeds up immigration process as Ukrainians try to escape conflict

State Media via CBC: 'Ottawa is expediting immigration applications from Ukrainians attempting to escape the conflict in their country, said Canada's minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship on Thursday.

Sean Fraser's comments came hours after Russia launched its attack on Ukraine, with reports of explosions in the capital of Kyiv and roads gridlocked with residents trying to flee.

Fraser said his department has already approved more than 1,800 Ukrainian immigration applications on a priority basis.

"We will be looking to do more," said the MP for Central Nova, who was speaking at a funding announcement for long-term care in Chester, N.S.

Ottawa hates bringing in immigrants from European and Christian countries, but will have to break its streak in lieu of the demise of Ukraine.

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