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We just want our loved ones to be with uspleads Ievgen Taran, a Winnipeg resident who wants his mother, sister and niece to come to Canada as temporary refuge.

But formalities and visa requirements complicate their plans. To come to Canada, members of Mr. Taran’s family have to assemble a lot of documentshe said. And at this moment, it is not possible at all.

Like hundreds of thousands of other Ukrainians, Mr. Taran’s relatives are on the move and are currently trying to leave the country in a hurry: since February 24, about a million people have already gone abroad, according to theUnited Nations.

Nearly half a million of them have failed so far in Poland, where Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly was visiting on Wednesday.

We see concretely that this dirty war, this war which has no foundation, has human repercussionsshe said after meeting displaced Ukrainians at Rzeszów train station, near the border between the two countries.

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Ms. Joly, who is to meet with her counterparts from theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization Friday, also discussed on Wednesday with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Marcin Przydaczas well as with the mayor of Rzeszow, Konrad Fiolek.

She took the opportunity to thank them for the efforts made by Poland to welcome refugees and for their humanitarian support.

Canadian athletes holding Canadian flags.

Melanie Joly in Poland. Our special correspondent Philippe Leblanc accompanies him.

Meanwhile, in Ottawa, the opposition is increasing pressure on the Trudeau government to do more for Ukrainian refugees.

Why is the Prime Minister refusing to implement a visa-free process to help Ukrainians?asked the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Jagmeet Singh, Wednesday, in the House of Commons.

Justin Trudeau hasn’t promised anything yet. But he indicated after question period that his government would make announcements very soon regarding how he can help Ukrainians in Canada quickly and safely.

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A small open door from the government, which risks creating great expectations in Ukrainian families.

With information from Louis Blouin, Christian Noël and Philippe Leblanc

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