Repatriate Ghanaian students and nationals are stranded in Ukraine as a result of the country’s geopolitical conflict with Russia.
Earleir, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he has ordered Russia’s military to conduct a special operation in the Donbass region after the leaders of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk asked Moscow for military assistance in response to what they claim is an increase in “Ukrainian aggression.”
Many Ghananians are worried about the turn of events between Ukraine and Russia.
In a statement, the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee cum Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency Honourable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has disclosed that, the Russia-Ukraine war has made a total of nine hundred and nine (959) Ghanaian students about 500 others stranded in Ukraine
According to the Ghanainan Lawmaker, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in Ukraine informs him that, they have 959 registered members. This, the MP said, is a significant number that must command our special and urgent attention towards Ghanaian nationals stranded in Ukraine.
He disclosed that, there are in addition to Ghanaian students, some estimated 500 Ghanaians in Ukraine.
“With escalating hostilities and indications that a catastrophic deterioration appears inevitable, it is now expedient for the Ghanaian government to quickly intervene to save Ghanaian lives. Asking our students to seek their own shelter in these petrifying circumstances cannot be considered helpful by any stretch of imagination.” Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said.
He has therefore urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s Government to expeditiously explore bilateral partnerships with countries already on the ground with superior logistics and advanced escape mechanisms, considering that Ghana does not have a resident diplomatic mission in Ukraine and our oversight embassy in Berne, Switzerland has practical challenges, so as to ensure that our Ghanaian compatriots in harm’s way are whisked to safety.
He added that, our thoughts and prayers are with Ghanaian students and all other Ghanaians resident in Ukraine