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07 April 2022

Mail Force Ukraine Refugee Appeal Tops £10 Million

The Mail Force Refugee Appeal to raise funds for Ukrainians fleeing the war in the country has reached a landmark £10.4 million.

Recipients of the funds include a huge number of Ukrainians who have fled to neighbouring countries, as well as those finding sanctuary in Britain. The appeal has recently announced its latest grant of more than £338,000 to Refugees at Home.

The cash, donated by Mail Newspapers and MailOnline readers, will enable the charity to expand massively its programme which links up evacuees with British households who have offered their spare rooms.

Co-founder and trustee of Refugees at Home, Sara Nathan, said: “We are really grateful to the Mail’s readers for supporting us and other groups who are trying to make the lives of Ukrainians fleeing war as positive as possible.”The money will make a huge amount of difference to our capacity.”

The latest coverage of the Mail Force Ukraine Refugee Appeal, including updates on funds raised, news of allocation of donations and details of how to donate, can be found here.

Separately today, the informal OSCE Group of Friends on Safety of Journalists voiced concern about the safety of journalists in Ukraine.

In a statement, the group said: "We strongly condemn all attacks on journalists and media workers. We urgently call on Russia to immediately end their attacks on independent media and to respect the rights of journalists and media workers in accordance with international human rights law, international humanitarian law and OSCE commitments.

"We stand with journalists and media workers who, at great personal risk and sacrifice, continue to report the facts and bring Russia’s human rights violations and abuses, as well as war crimes, to light. We commend their professionalism and resilience to ensure the free flow of independent information despite the most challenging circumstances."