The University of Tokyo said Thursday it has accepted two Ukrainian researchers who can no longer work safely in their home country following Russia's invasion, now in its second month.

The university, considered one of the most prestigious in Japan, said it is welcoming the two women as visiting researchers, one of whom has already arrived in the country. They are the first beneficiaries of the university's relief program created last month to support students and researchers fleeing the war-torn nation.

Iryna Petrychenko has arrived in Japan, while the other researcher has yet to land.