Somalia Urges Citizens In Ukraine To Get In touch Wth Nearest Embassies To Receive Consular Services
Somali Federal Government has announced that it has communicated with Ukraine’s neighbouring countries and requested assistance for safe passage, visa and COVID-19 waivers for Somali Nationals in Ukraine. In a statement, the ministry of foreign affairs said that most of Ukraine’s neighbouring countries have responded positively. ''The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Somalia in Berlin and Brussels have been in contact with a large number of Somalis who are currently en route to Poland, and with others who have already arrived safely in Poland and Belgium,'' The ministry added that there is an ongoing online registration process of Somali nationals and urged Somalis across Ukraine to get in touch with their nearest embassies in order to receive consular services and advice. Somalis and others nationals have been fleeing Ukraine following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday. according to the UN, about 100,000 people have so far been displaced by the fighting, many fleeing to neighbouring Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland. Weeks of diplomacy failed to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin, who massed over 150,000 troops on Ukraine's borders. There are fears that the Russian military’s attempt to seize control of the capital Kyiv is imminent. World leaders have condemned the attack, with the United States and European Union announcing sanctions against Russian banks and individuals. The majority of Somalis in Ukraine are students.