BRITAIN and the EU may have to welcome 15million Ukrainian refugees if Vladimir Putin keeps up his bloody campaign of terror.
The United Nations fears the number of people displaced by the increasingly brutal invasion will be three times higher than expected.
That would mean the country — with a pre-invasion population of 44million — would be virtually emptied of women and children.
Swiss justice minister Karin Keller-Sutter talked of UN predictions a million people a week could leave, almost all headed West.
More than two million have already fled, including half the citizens of capital Kyiv.
In harrowing scenes yesterday, a mum was pictured comforting her daughter wrapped in a coat and blanket while waiting after crossing the border to Poland.
A young boy was carried on a man’s back at the border, while another woman held her baby inside a makeshift camp for women and their children in Lviv.
Yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron told Britain to pull its weight by taking in more Ukrainians, slamming the UK’s border policies and saying refugees must “be better treated”.
And he tore into the lack of visa centres which has left exhausted people “travelling hundreds of kilometres to apply”.
He insisted “much remains to be done”.
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EU countries including France have waived all visa rules for Ukrainians for three years, meaning they can get jobs and housing.
Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove will unveil a new scheme on Monday allowing all Brits to offer a home to those fleeing the war.
And schools will open to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has said.
He plans to translate the curriculum and wants desperate children to have the same chance he had aged 11 after fleeing Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
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