Finally, some sigh of relief and hope as the first batch of Ghanaians, mostly students who were evacuated from Ukraine are set to arrive in Ghana later this morning.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started on Thursday 24th February 2022 government in a bid to keep Ghanaians safe started facilitating processes for citizens to be evacuated through neighbouring border countries by land since the Ukrainian airspace has been shut.
A meeting has also been scheduled by the government later today, Tuesday, with relatives of affected Ghanaians in Ukraine to address them on efforts to get them back to Ghana safely.
Russian forces began attacking Ukraine early on the morning of Thursday 24th February 2022.
Vladimir Putin described the invasion as a ‘special military operation’. The invasion follows weeks of tension between the neighbours as talks to bring lasting peace to the area continued but offered no positive results. Russia said it acted in the interest of its safety while calling the efforts of Ukraine to join NATO unacceptable.
Waves of economic sanctions have since greeted Russia with oil and gas-rich country being expelled from the Swift payment platform and several of its banks’ assets frozen causing citizens to queue at cash points to withdraw monies since nothing in the country can be purchased with a card except using the Russian rouble which has depreciated by at least 30% against the US dollar.