By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Mar. 5: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) informed Friday evening that 551 Nepali nationals have reached neighbouring countries from Ukraine, which is under war following Russian invasion. Of them, 403 have reached Poland, 71 Slovakia, 27 Romania, six Hungary and four Moldova, the ministry said in a statement.
"Considering the security situation in Ukraine, facilitation work is going on to take Nepalis to safer locations. Most of the Nepalis have been transferred to safe places from Ukraine," said the MoFA. Nepali Embassy in Berlin, Germany, which is accredited to Ukraine, and Nepali Embassy in Moscow have been mobilised to rescue Nepali people from the east European nation. Embassy in Berlin in cooperation with Non-Resident Nepali Association and Nepali diaspora is helping Nepalis in getting out from Ukraine.
"Nepalis remaining in Ukraine are moving to the west part of the country which is considered comparatively safer while some are in the process to reaching the neighbouring nations," read the statement. Nepal government has requested the governments in Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland to support in rescuing its citizens from Ukraine. According to the MoFA, those countries have extended necessary support to the rescue work.
A committee chaired by Nepali Ambassador and comprising vice-president of the NRNA is active in the rescue work. Nepali community is managing food, lodging and primary health care for Nepalis in various locations, said the ministry. Ram Kaji Khadka, Nepal's Ambassador to Germany and Ukraine has reached Poland to help in the rescue work.
Meanwhile, India has responded positively to the government's call to bring Nepalis back home via air service the former is operating to rescue its citizens from Ukraine. Nepali Embassy in Berlin is coordinating with the Indian Embassy there for the same while Romania has pledged necessary help to allow Nepalis to reach the aircraft.
Likewise, the government is trying to get help from the International Organisation for Migration in facilitating Nepalis to get back to their home, MoFA said in the statement. Nepalis who got out from Ukraine and are taking refuge in various countries across Europe can contact Sahara Chaulagain in Berlin Embassy at +491709808063 and firstname.lastname@example.org.