220 Ghanaians expected home after exiting Ukraine – Foreign Minister

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has said 220 Ghanaian nationals living in Ukraine are expected in the country soon, after they were evacuated safely from the disputed region.

The Minister made the disclosure while addressing the nation on Sunday, February 27, 2022 on ‘the security situation in Ukraine and the safety of Ghanaian nationals in Ukraine’.

“With all the collaborative efforts, I am pleased to inform you that two hundred and twenty (220) of our compatriots have exited Ukraine and should be with us in Ghana soon.

“We hope for better days as the Ministry further engages our Diplomatic Missions and honorary consulate to extend consular assistance to our compatriots. We are earnestly facilitating the safe return of a lot more,” Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey added.

The Minister also stressed that more of other Ghanaian nationals will be evacuted in the coming days.

“These numbers are bound to increase in a few days as we observe the team spirit being displayed by our compatriots.

“They are reaching out to each other, betting up group WhatsApp chats, sharing important phone numbers of consular officers and other personalities who could be of assistance and the cascading effects of the initiatives.”

She maintained that government has put it place the necessary package to facilitate the transportation, accommodation, feeding, medical support to reduce the burden on its compatriots to help evacuate other Ghanaians.

Below is the Minister’s breakdown on Ghanaians evacuated from Ukraine

Giving the breakdown, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said; “24 have arrived in Bucharest Romanian and our officers on the ground is procuring tickets for them to leave tomorrow enroute to Accra.”

“48 are being processed at the holding area and another 60 going through border formalities. 38 having crossed into Poland are with our officials. We are currently also making arrangements for those who are willing to be assisted to get on flights.

“25 persons enroute to Prague from Slovakia were assisted by the Honorary Consul and will be received on entry by the Mission in Prague. 25 just this morning arrived in Hungary and are being sheltered at the Pentecostal church in Budapest.”

She concluded “85 of our compatriots are being assisted by our Embassy in Moscow to cross the border town of Suny into Russia which as indicated earlier has posed serious difficulties.


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