With regards to the current happenings in Ukraine, the Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has assured that the government is liaising with relevant stakeholders to ensure the optimum safety of Ghanaians in Ukraine.
There have been calls to the government to as a matter of urgency evacuate all Ghanaian citizens living in Ukraine following the invasion of the country by Russian forces.
Currently, Russian troops have already entered Ukraine with many residents fleeing from targeted regions such as Kyiv and Kharkiv.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s Parliament and the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) have urged the government to consider evacuating Ghanaians from Ukraine.
But briefing the press in Accra, the Minister assured that government will take a concrete decision soon.
“We are all awaiting what will happen, and for us, this morning we’re trying to figure out what to do with our nationals who are resident in Ukraine. It is becoming difficult from where we sit to move them so we need to ensure that they are safe and they are keeping safe. We are engaged very much on this.”
The Ministry also revealed in a statement that efforts are underway to consider the possibility of evacuating Ghanaians.
In the statement, Ghanaians in Ukraine have been advised to limit their movement and seek refuge at designated government installations dotted across Ukraine.
“The Ghana Diplomatic Mission in Berne, Switzerland, has urged all Ghanaian nationals in Ukraine to limit their movements in public places as they obtain essential goods and to remain in their homes or move to government places of shelter,” the statement said.
“Our Diplomatic Mission in Berne, and our Honorary Consulate are directly engaged with the relevant authorities in Ukraine in an effort to secure the safety and protection of Ghanaian citizens there during this difficult period,” the statement added.