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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has called on politicians and the entire Ghanaian populace to desist from making political capital out of the precarious condition that some Ghanaians in Ukraine find themselves in. An undisclosed number of Africans and Ghanaians are currently caught up in the Russian attack on Ukraine.

Addressing newsmen in Accra, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey admonished those engaged in misinforming the people to put a stop to such unnationalistic behavior at this crucial state of our difficult moment. The Honourable minister humbly appealed to perpetrators of that negative reportage of alleged government indifference in solving the problem of Ghanaians in Ukraine. 

She told the Press that her outfit is liaising with the country’s missions near Ukraine to address the issue. She denied that government has not been proactive in evacuating some locked up Ghanaians in the war. 

“Ghana as a member of the Security Council engaged the Russians and we did not anticipate any stand off or fisticuff so soon. All over the world we didn’t foresee the Russian onslaught from their assurance. But nevertheless dialogue is ongoing to persuade Russia to back off. So no one should blame government for our action which is timely and prompt,” she said. 

The Foreign Affairs Minister intoned that she had had the occasion to engage the Russian Ambassador in Ghana who assured her that there would be no attacks on Ukraine so it is a surprise to the government. 

She intimated that Ghana prefers dialogue instead of war that has claimed hundreds of innocent civilians since February 22 that the war started. 

“Our interest now is to get the unfortunate stranded students caught up in the scuffle. We have put measures in place to bring the students back home. We have contacted neighbouring countries like Poland, Hungary, Romanian, Bulgaria, Czeck Republic and others to help us evacuate our citizens. As l speak, about 460 students are at various borders waiting evacuation to neighbouring countries. So far 220 students have arrived home safely. 85 are locked up in Moscow, 25 in Hungary, 38 in Poland, 60 caught up in the fighting, 132 in Bucharest in Bulgaria, etc,” she said. 

She denied the death of any Ghanaians in the war so far. To offer easy evacuation, some numbers embassies have been given to the students to call for rescue. She said her ministry would meet parents and guardians on Tuesday 2nd March, 2022 at the AICC to assuage and soothe their fears and anxiety. The minister advised all Ghanaians to register with embassies abroad to be assisted in times like these.

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