The 26 Kenyan students who were stuck in the city of Sumy in the war torn Ukraine country were on Tuesday March this year evacuated from Ukraine through the humanitarian corridor to Poltava.
The students are currently on their way to the town of Lviv on the Ukraine border with Poland under the escort of officials from the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Kenya in Ukraine led by Dr Anatoliy Kovalenko, the Honorary Consul.
In a press statement sent to newsrooms from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, states that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has managed to evacuate all the people who are willing to be evacuated.
“Our primary responsibility was to get them out of danger and harm’s way in Ukraine. Kenya has also requested the Ukrainian Authorities to inform the state border services of the movement to ensure facilitation at the borders,” said the statement.
According to the statement, the WhatsApp group ‘Kenya Evacuation’ created on 24th February 2022 with membership of student leaders in Ukraine, Kenyan diplomatic corps in various neighboring countries, and officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nairobi, is still active.
On March 7, this year Kenya’s Embassy in Vienna, which covers Ukraine, wrote to the Embassy of Ukraine in Vienna informing them of the plight of the 26 Kenyans students stuck in Sumy city and a family of three in Akhtyrka city.
The Ministry has assured Kenyans that it will keep the country apprised of any new developments and advised those with questions on the situation to contact the ministry through the Diaspora and Consular Affairs Directorate on Tel No. 0204949812 or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org.