9 Apr 2022

Homes for Ukraine: Kharkiv to south London thanks to online video game friendship

Home Affairs Correspondent

Nearly 30,000 visas have been granted allowing Ukranians to join family members already in the UK.

But only 3% of people applying for spare rooms under the much-publicised Homes for Ukraine scheme have actually arrived here.

One woman who has found a room is Svitlana Prystupa. She fled Kharkiv, spent weeks travelling and ended up in a south London home, thanks to a chance online encounter, courtesy of a video game.