Embassy evacuates first batch of 600 Chinese from Ukraine; 1,000 prepared in second batch

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Photo taken on February 24, 2022 shows long lines of vehicles exiting the city of Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo: Xinhua)

China evacuated the first group of its citizens from Ukraine on Monday, including more than 400 Chinese students from Odessa and 200 from Kiev. Nearly 1,000 more Chinese citizens will be evacuated from Ukraine on Tuesday to neighboring countries such as Poland and Slovakia, the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine said.

Chinese Ambassador to Ukraine Fan Xianrong accompanied the students from Kyiv on Monday, wishing them a good trip. They traveled by bus to neighboring Moldova, with escorts of embassy staff and local police protecting them the whole way.

One of the 200 evacuees, surnamed Liu, told the Global Times on Tuesday that they arrived safely in Moldova after a six-hour drive, and thanks to escorts from embassy staff, their trip went smoothly. cluttered and safe.

Liu added that since there were too many people crammed into Moldova, they were considering moving more to Romania.

In a notice issued on Monday afternoon, the embassy said a number of neighboring countries, including Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, will provide assistance to Chinese nationals coming from Ukraine. . Under the coordination of the embassy, ​​these countries will facilitate the entry of Chinese nationals by granting temporary visa-free access to holders of valid passports, or offering customs clearance assistance for expedited entry.

The Chinese Embassy in Ukraine has carried out a series of work regarding the evacuation. Given the rapidly changing situation in Ukraine, the Embassy has established 24/7 communication mechanisms by providing additional contact channels. Since Friday, after the embassy issued an emergency notice on the evacuation of Chinese nationals, it has been receiving more than 1,000 calls a day for inquiries.

There are now more than 6,000 Chinese nationals registered for evacuation, the Global Times has learned, and the embassy is calling each of them for confirmation to ensure they leave the country safely and in a timely manner. .

The Chinese Embassy in Ukraine is considering alternative plans to evacuate local Chinese apart from charter flights amid the deteriorating situation in the country, and as long as security conditions are met, they will immediately take action and will implement the evacuation plan, the embassy told Global. Times in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

The Russian and Ukrainian delegations held talks in the Gomel region of Belarus. Both sides said after the meeting that they had identified key points for future consensus. The next round of talks will take place soon on the border between Belarus and Poland.

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