As nations worldwide rush to support Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Wednesday that Japan is planning to accept Ukrainian refugees at an early date.

The government will initially accept those who have fled Ukraine and have relatives or acquaintances in Japan, Kishida said.

Kishida said he made the pledge during a phone conversation with his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki. Thousands of Ukrainians have fled their home country via neighboring Poland.