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Ukraine Crisis: Movement Options For People Departing Ukraine

An Interactive Multi-country Guide

This resource summarizes the policies and requirements for Ukrainian nationals to enter other countries, including special programs set up in the wake of the crisis. It will be updated as new information becomes available, so please check back regularly.

UPDATES

Landmark US Humanitarian Parole Program: Uniting For Ukraine

The conflict in Ukraine has caused civilian casualties and destruction of infrastructure. Since the Ukraine-Russia military crisis escalated two months ago, over 5.2 million Ukrainians have left their homeland as they seek safety and protection in neighboring countries and abroad.

Poland Expands Support for Ukrainians

Over the past two months, approximately 5 million Ukrainians have departed their homeland due to the escalating military conflict with Russia. Poland has received the majority of these individuals—taking in more than 2.8 million people according to the latest estimate from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

EU Adopts Two New Sanctions Packages

After announcing an initial package of sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, the European Union (“EU”) has implemented two new sanctions packages. More sanctions are expected to come.

LEGAL UPDATES

WATCH

Investigating Misuse of Cryptocurrency: DOJ and FTC Enforcement Panel
CBI @10am: What does the Ukraine crisis mean for your business? | CBI

PRESS COMMENT

‘Supply chain disruption is likely to continue’
Litigation lawyers Miles Robinson and Jonathan Cohen examine the contractual and supply chain issues that businesses need to be aware of during the Ukraine-Russia conflict | Business Reporter
Business Reporter, April 22, 2022
‘Businesses need to scrutinize contractual terms carefully’
Litigation partner Miles Robinson remarks on the risk of damages claims if businesses breach contract terms with Russian entities | Compliance Week
Compliance Week, April 25, 2022
‘It’s difficult to determine who the counterparties are up the chain’
International Trade partner Tamer Soliman is quoted on the challenges of cutting out sanctioned Russian investors | The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2022
'Withdrawing from Russia is going to be complicated and potentially contentious’
Litigation lawyers Miles Robinson and Jonathan Cohen outline the contractual challenges business face by suspending their Russian operations | The Times
The Times, March 31, 2022
‘Sanctions are making doing business in Russia increasingly difficult’
International Trade partner Jason Hungerford reflects on the practical challenges faced by Western businesses in Russia | FT
FT, March 28, 2022
Moving employees out of Moscow “can involve very careful planning”
Mobility and migration partner Elizabeth Stern comments on immigration considerations for companies moving employees out of Russia | Insider
Insider, March 24, 2022
Until now Western policy “welcomed” Russian capital
Regulatory and compliance counsel Joydeep Sengupta comments on Western economies historical openness to Russian capital | Insider
Insider, March 7, 2022
Crypto currency exchanges have the same obligation as traditional banks to ‘not deal with sanctioned parties’
International Trade partner Jason Hungerford discusses the risk of sanctions breaches by crypto operators | BBC World Service Radio
BBC World Service Radio, March 3, 2022
Sanctioned individuals have ‘sophisticated ways to hide their assets’
Regulatory partner Ori Lev remarks on the challenges of sanctions enforcement | Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News, March 3, 2022
Regulatory partner Ori Lev says businesses want to protect themselves against ‘any future sanctions’
Businesses shun Russian transactions not on the sanctions list | The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal, March 2, 2022
Crypto exchanges will be ‘on the hook’ for any Russian assets they handle.
Operators are under pressure to block transactions | Financial Times
FT, March 1, 2022
Regulatory partner Ori Lev says cryptocurrencies and trade with China ‘can’t recreate [Russia’s] financial system’.
Russia eyes sanctions workarounds | AP News
AP News, March 1, 2022
The initial wave of UK sanctions may have limited impact but there are ‘lots of sanctions tools left in the kit’ says International Trade partner Jason Hungerford.
UK sanctions will have little impact on Putin, say experts | The Independent
The Independent, February 24, 2022
The first wave of sanctions imposed by the West are the beginnings of ‘a long march.’

International Trade partner Jason Hungerford speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live about the impact of sanctions imposed on Russia.

BBC Radio 5 Live, February 24, 2022

(Includes subtitles) 

Only ‘a handful of tier two and three banks’ targeted in initial sanctions action against Russia
Biggest Russian banks could be targeted as west prepares severe sanctions over Ukraine invasion | Financial Times (ft.com)
FT, February 24, 2022
Ukraine tensions amid escalating sanctions
Mayer Brown partner Jason Hungerford speaks to the BBC
BBC World News, February 23, 2022
Mayer Brown International Trade partner Jason Hungerford comments on the UK’s ‘underwhelming’ sanctions list.
Boris Johnson under fire over ‘peashooter’ Russian sanctions | Financial Times (ft.com)
FT, February 23, 2022
Companies should prepare for ‘a spike in ransomware and other cyberattacks’
Report: Ukrainian Government Prepared to Wipe Servers (databreachtoday.com)
Data Breach Today, February 23, 2022

Key Contacts:

Raj De

Partner, Washington DC  

Jason Hungerford

Partner, London

Andrew Olmem

Partner, Washington DC  

David A. Simon

Partner, Washington DC  

Tamer Soliman

Partner, Washington DC , Dubai

 
 

Liz Stern

Partner, Washington DC  

Paulette Vander Schueren

Senior Partner, Brussels

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Movement Options for People Departing Ukraine

Almost 3 million people have left Ukraine since the start of the Ukraine / Russia crisis and many experts believe that number will continue to climb.  Among the issues employers need to address is support for employees trying to leave the country as well as resources for those that remain.  Mayer Brown’s Ukraine Crisis: Movement Options for People Departing Ukraine is an interactive resource for up-to-date information on the international community’s response to the movement of people from Ukraine.

This resource provides a summary of the policies and requirements for Ukrainian nationals to enter other countries, including special programs set up in the wake of the crisis.  For many countries, the resource also includes links to the latest official government information.  It will be updated as new information becomes available, so please check back regularly.

For more information about the topics raised in this guide, please contact Elizabeth (Liz) Espín Stern, Carl Risch, Morgan Bailey or James Perrott.