BREAKING: Ukraine approves evacuation of Nigerian students in Sumy
The Ukrainian Government has approved the evacuation of Nigerian students stranded in Sumy following the invasion of Russia into the country.
Sumy is a city in north-eastern Ukraine and the capital of Sumy Oblast.
Sumy lies about 48km (30 miles) from the border with Russia – it was one of the first cities to be attacked by Russian forces after President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affair, Geoffrey Onyeama, announced the approval on Sunday night on his Twitter handle.
He noted that the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, approved evacuation beginning from Monday (tomorrow).
“Deep gratitude to @DmytroKuleba, Foreign Minister of Ukraine for approval given, as promised, to establish humanitarian corridor and authorize evacuation of Nigerian students from Sumy starting tomorrow.
“The big challenge is procuring buses. We are doing everything to make it happen. Great commitment by Nigerian Ambassador to Ukraine, Shina Alege,” he tweeted.
The minister had yesterday when he briefed the President, Nigerian Students Union of Sumy State University, Fehintola Moses Damilola, assured the students that the Federal Government was working to ensure their safe evacuation.
“Telephoned with the President of the Nigerian Students Union of Sumy State University, Fehintola Moses Damilola to brief him on the evacuation plan of the Ukrainian Government for the Students in Sumy and to reassure him and his compatriots that the Nigerian Government is doing everything possible for their safe and speedy evacuation,” Onyeama tweeted yesterday.
Before the approval, Onyeama had earlier announced that he had spoken with Kuleba to reach an agreement on the evacuation modalities for the Nigerian students in the varsity.
Meanwhile, the fourth batch of 306 Nigerians fleeing from the war in Ukraine arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Budapest, Hungary.
The evacuees arrived via Air Peace Airline at 12:35 a.m on Sunday.
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