The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has announced that hundreds of Ghanaians have been evacuated and are expected in Ghana in the next few days, following Russia’s military incursion on Ukrainian soil.
According to her, 24 of the stranded citizens are already at the airport in Romania ready to board a Qatar Airways flight to Accra.
Addressing the press on Sunday, the Minister said the government is committed to assisting all those who are willing to return home to do so.
Russia launched a full attack on Ukraine Thursday, February 24, with reports of death tolls exceeding 130 within three days.
Consequently, stranded Ghanaians, especially students in the eastern European country numbering over 1000, called for immediate intervention to be evacuated from Ukraine, and the government has taken steps to ensure their safety.
“I am pleased to inform you that, a good number, over 220 of our compatriots have exited Ukraine and should be with us in Ghana soon, and we are earnestly facilitating the safe return of a lot more,” the Minister said.
She explained to the press that: “As at 12:00hrs GMT today (27th February), information gathered was that over four hundred and sixty (460) students had left Ukraine route to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The students will be received by officials of our Diplomatic Missions, honorary consuls and officials of the Ghana students’ associations”.
Meanwhile, the Minister says the scheduled meeting with relatives of Ghanaians stranded in Ukraine is to allay their fears and assure them of the government’s commitment to ensure their safety amidst the chaos.
That meeting is to take place on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the Accra International Conference Center.