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Family of 90-year-old Ukrainian refugee pleads with UK government to fast-track her cat’s visa

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Following this newspaper highlighting his plight and direct pleas from his family for Home Secretary Priti Patel to ‘have a heart’, their case escalated and they were granted visas within 24 time.

However, although Ms Razumenko and her daughter – who now live in a Jewish community center just outside Warsaw – have a visa to come to the UK, their cat cannot leave Poland until May, according to the current Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Zac Newman, 35, from north London, is currently in the Polish town of Otwock, just outside Warsaw, trying to bring his mother-in-law and grandmother home.

He told the Telegraph: “My mother-in-law and my mother-in-law have been through so much.

“The only thing they took with them when they fled their home was their cat. Their cat is a member of their family and it is devastating to me to think that they would be separated from Solomon after everything they’ve been through.

“The fact that Solomon has the required documents and pet passports is so unfair and it’s just plain wrong to prevent them from staying together. I plead with Defra to provide special dispensation for this Holocaust survivor – who is now a refugee – so she can stay with her cat.