Ukraine Invasion: Over 130 Are Reported Dead, FG Arranges Special Flight To Evacuate Nigerians In Ukraine

Ukraine Invasion: Over 130 Are Reported Dead, FG Arranges Special Flight To Evacuate Nigerians In Ukraine

Within hours of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 57 persons civilians were killed while 169 were wounded, the figure rose astronomically to about 130 before 9pm on Thursday as Russians tanks roared on into the hinterlands of this once Soviet Union territory.

The Health Minister of Ukraine, Oleh Lyashko described the invasion as massive. Meanwhile refugees have been pouring into the neighbouring Poland and other European countries with most of them not exactly knowing where they are heading to or what befall their fate.

Russia launched the major offensive in Ukraine today Thursday, February 24, 2022, from multiple directions. Troops advanced from the north of Ukraine in the direction of Kyiv, the state capital. From the east through Donetsk, Luhansk and kharkiv and from the Crimea, Russian held territory which is in the south.

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Meanwhile, the Federal Government has announced the arrangement of a special flight operation for the evacuation of Nigerians caught in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama in an exclusive interview with NTA said the Nigerian embassy in Kiev has been contacted to arrange those wishing to return home from other areas including Donestk and Luhensk.

The minister assured Nigerians that the ministry is following the event since the beginning and promised to do everything for the safety of Nigerians in Ukraine, particularly students.

The Russians have started attacking military installations in Ukraine amidst worries and accusations by the western world of imminent invasion which Vladimir Putin repeatedly denied

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In another development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has assured Nigerians of the safety of its citizens in Ukraine.

The Ministry in a statement signed by Francisca K. Omayuli, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, disclosed that measures are being undertaken to keep Nigerians safe and facilitate the evacuation of those who wish to leave.

The statement with reference No: MEA/PR/2022/05 read: “The Federal Government of Nigeria has received with surprise, reports of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been reassured by the Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine of the safety of Nigerians in that country and measures being undertaken to

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keep them safe and facilitate the evacuation of those who wish to leave.

“The Federal Government wishes to assure the families with loved ones in Ukraine that as soon as the airports in the country are opened, it would assist in facilitating the evacuation of Nigerians who are willing to leave.”

However, the released stated that the Nigerian Mission has confirmed that military action by the Russians has been confined to military installations.

Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.

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