Evacuations begin for Maldivians remaining in Ukraine via land transport

In Mariupol, Ukraine, Russian forces attacked the city’s airport and a village nearby | Photo: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP

Malé, Maldives – Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed on Friday that the 15 Maldivians in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine are being transferred to Hungary via land transport.

The Ministry confirms that there are 21 Maldivians remaining in Ukraine with 15 in Ivano-Frankivsk, 1 in Dnipro and 5 in Kharkiv, the first line of attack.

The [Maldives] Foreign Ministry together with diplomatic mission located in Germany are trying to retreive the Maldivians to safe areas since [Thursday] night.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Ministry further added that the Maldivians remaining in Ukraine were given the option to travel to Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary. The government is currently arranging for Maldivians to travel to Hungary by crossing the Hungary border.

The government stated last night that the foreign spend limits have been increased for the 21 students and it will be valid till 3rd March 2022. Financial assistance has been provided to 21 students who are unable to return to the Maldives due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.