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The conflict has seen foreign nations in Ukraine evacuate the Eastern European country for safety.

Owing to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Nigerian government has announced that Nigerians living in Ukraine can now leave the Eastern European country through the Hungarian and Romanian borders as both countries have approved visa-free access for Nigerians.

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This information was disclosed in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda. Mr Aduda also noted that Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama, has spoken with the Ukrainian foreign minister about challenges confronting Nigerians in Ukraine.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is fully abreast of all the challenges Nigerians crossing into countries bordering Ukraine, especially the Polish border, are facing and we are taking adequate measures to assuage these challenges,
the statement said.

“For now, movement to the Hungarian Zahony border and Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County & Maramures borders is advised, as they have approved visa-free access to all Nigerians coming from Ukraine and arrangements for accommodation and feeding before evacuation is arranged.

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Furthermore, the foreign affairs ministry advised Nigerian parents, guardians, and wards of Nigerians residing in Ukraine to remain calm as the government works hard towards ensuring Nigerians return home safely.

However, Russia and Ukraine have commenced a dialogue expected to bring an end to the crisis. Despite their differences, President Putin of Russia, and Zelensky of Ukraine had sent their delegates to engage in negotiations at the Belarusian border in other to ensure the conflict is resolved.



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This article was first published on 2nd March 2022


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