17 Ghanaians arrive in Ghana from Ukraine
Seventeen Ghanaian students out of the over 1000 in Ukraine have touched down at the Kotoka International Airport.
The students form part of the first batch of Ghanaians evacuated from Ukraine following the invasion of the country by Russia.
Out of the number, 16 came via Qatar airways and the final one on Turkey airlines.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, had stated that 220 Ghanaians who were living in Ukraine are expected to return home following evacuation efforts by the government.
She said the Ghanaian students are being evacuated following invasion by Russia in Ukraine.
At a press briefing on Sunday, the Minister disclosed that 24 of the stranded citizens are already at the airport in Romania ready to board a Qatar Airways flight to Accra.
“I am pleased to inform you that, a good number, over 220 of our compatriots have exited Ukraine and should be with us in Ghana soon, and we are earnestly facilitating the safe return of a lot more,” the Minister said.
“24 have arrived in Bucharest, Romania, and our officer on the ground is procuring tickets for them to leave tomorrow [Monday] enroute to Accra.”
The Minister further revealed that the Ghanaians being evacuated from Ukraine are headed for Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic by bus.
“As at midday, today [Sunday] information gathered is that over 460 students have left Ukraine enroute to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic. The students will be received by our diplomatic missions, honorary consuls and officials of the students union and associations.”
According to the Minister, the government is only assisting persons who are willing to return home.