Russia-Ukraine conflict: Gov’t engaging neighboring countries to evacuate Ghanaian students
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has indicated that the Government of Ghana is in urgent talks neighboring countries of Ukraine to ensure the smooth evacuation of Ghanaian students.
In a statement, the Ministry said the evacuation of Ghanaian students has become necessary because Ukraine had closed its airspace following its issues with Russia.
A list of Ghanaian students in Ukraine, according to the Minstry, has been provided and efforts are far advanced to evacuate the stranded students from the war zone.
The leadership of these students and the Ministry are in talks. It can be recorded that over a thousand Ghanaian students are believed to be in Ukraine.
“Following the closure of the Ukraine airspace, it has become challenging to airlift our compatriots from Kiev and other parts of the country. Hence, the only viable means is by land to neighbouring countries such as Moldova, Belarus, Slovakia, and Hungary.”
The Foreign Affairs Ministry also indicated that relevant Ghanaian missions and Honorary consuls are on standby to help the students who have already begun their road trip to Hungary and Romania.
“Discussions with the authorities in Switzerland, Turkey, Moldova, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia to assist with the smooth evacuation of Ghanaians in Ukraine are far advanced.”
“The officials of relevant Ghanian diplomatic missions and Honorary Consuls are on standby to facilitate the passage of students who had commenced their journey by road to Romania and Hungary.”
The Ministry urges Ghanaians in Ukraine, to keep calm as measures are being finalised to ensure their safe evacuation.