Hundreds of new immigrants to Israel from Ukraine were slated to touch down at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday, fleeing the war-torn nation and hoping to set up a new life in the Jewish state.
Leaving behind their homes, they crossed into Poland, Romania and Moldova and were greeted by Foreign Ministry staffers, employees of the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
Israel expects tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews to immigrate to Israel as the crisis in Ukraine stretches on following Russia’s invasion.
Ronen Cohen, the director of the Immigration and Absorption Ministry, told Army Radio on Sunday evening that 400 refugees had landed in Israel in the previous six hours.
The men, women and children scheduled to arrive in Israel on Sunday spent their final days before departing Europe at immigration centers operated by Israel in Poland, Moldova and Romania.