Roman Abramovich’s £150m London mansion ‘could be used to house Ukraine refugees’ after Chelsea oligarch is sanctioned

Roman Abramovich’s £150m London mansion ‘could be used to house Ukraine refugees’ after Chelsea oligarch is sanctioned

ROMAN Abramovich’s £150m Kensington mansion could soon be home to Ukrainian refugees thanks to a government proposal.

Cabinet sources have revealed Levelling-up Secretary Michael Gove has put forward the idea to house the homeless victims of war in the lavish homes of Russian oligarchs. Roman Abramovich’s 15 bedroom House in Kensington which he bought for £90 Million in 2009 Refugees arrive at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland after fleeing Ukraine The 55-year-old sanctioned owner of the European Champions put his 15-bedroom mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens up for sale last week with a price tag of a staggering £150m.

The Grade II-listed home was once used as the Russian embassy.

Abramovich’s triplex penthouse in a 37-storey Chelsea Waterfront building, potentially around £30m, has already been seized.

It is believed his other property, a six-storey townhouse in Eaton Square, which he acquired for £28m, has also been seized.

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 .

It comes as the UK Government announced they will be launching the Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine.

The Government website states, “Following the invasion of Ukraine, the government is launching a new sponsorship scheme to make sure that Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes have a route to safety in the UK.

“Charities, businesses and community groups can come forward to sponsor Ukrainians who do not have already established family ties to the UK.

“The scheme will match people with sponsors.”

And Britons offering their homes will receive a “thank you” payment of £350 per month.

It comes as the Government has faced criticism over the speed and scale of its efforts to bring fleeing Ukrainians to the UK. People sponsoring refugees through the new uncapped route will be required to commit to the scheme for a minimum of six months, but are encouraged to keep up the offer for as long as they can. Those offering accommodation will be vetted and Ukrainian applicants will undergo security checks. As a “thank you”, sponsors will receive payments of £350 per month. A website gathering expressions of interest is set to launch on Monday. It comes after days of controversy over Britain’s failure to take in more Ukrainian refugees. More than two million people have fled to neighbouring countries with most going to Poland, Hungary, and Romania. So far only 1,000 of those escaping the conflict have been granted safety in the UK. Ministers insist that number is set to increase rapidly and that they’re committed to speeding up ID checks. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps justified red tape warning the Kremlin could exploit an open door policy to send agents to Britain.

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