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The U.S. government approved a Russian chartered flight to pull out United Nations (U.N.) Mission personnel Saturday, as Russia continues its war against neighboring Ukraine.
The State Department told Fox News in a statement that the personnel were expelled from the U.S. due to an “abuse” of their residence.
“The U.S. government approved a flight chartered by the Russian government to facilitate the departure of Russian UN Mission personnel who were expelled for abuse of their privileges of residence,” a U.S. State Department spokesperson told Fox News.
“This special exception was done in accordance with federal regulations to ensure Russian mission personnel and their families departed by the date we had instructed,” the spokesperson said.
The Russian personnel departure from the United States is only the latest in an intensifying international conflict, as Ukrainian refugees flee the war torn country and volunteer soldiers reportedly pour into Ukraine through Poland.
The Biden administration recently announced a ban on Russian aircraft in U.S. airspace this week. This chartered flight is an approved exception.
The mass displacement marks the “largest humanitarian crisis Europe has seen since World War [II],” said IOM, which is asking for $350 million to support humanitarian efforts in the war-torn country.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) called it the “fastest exodus of refugees this century” in a Saturday tweet.