The first batch of Ghanaians evacuated from Ukraine have arrived in Ghana, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has disclosed.
“This morning the first batch of Ghanaians evacuated from Ukraine arrive in Accra,” he said in a tweet.
Many Ghanaians living in Ukraine have fled the country after an invasion by Russia.
The Ghanaian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced plans to evacuate all citizens in that country safely back to Accra.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway who made the announcement said the government of Ghana was committed to the evacuation of stranded Ghanaians.
She disclosed that it has dispatched officials from Ghanaian Missions in Europe to various Ukrainian borders to move Ghanaians to safety following the war between Ukraine and Russia.
She stated that Ghana has already requested the five European countries bordering Ukraine to help facilitate easy passage into their countries.
“As at 12:00 hrs GMT today (February 27, 2022), information gathered was that about 460 students have left Ukraine en route to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. The students will be received by officials of our diplomatic missions, honorary consuls, and officials of the Ghana students’ associations,” she said at a press conference.
The government had initially asked the stranded citizens in Ukraine to find shelter for the time being as it made efforts to evacuate them.