Uganda speaks on citizens trapped in Ukraine war fire

They however highlighted the fact that some Ugandans do not have travel documents to facilitate crossing into countries neighboring Ukraine which is a big challenge.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeje Odong.

Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked its Missions in Berlin (Germany) Moscow (Russia) and the Honorary Consul in Hungary to keep in constant contact with Ugandans in Ukraine until a “workable solution” is found.

In a statement issued Monday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said it was closely monitoring the evolving situation in Ukraine, and specifically the Ugandan nationals caught up there.

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On Friday, the Ugandan Ambassador to Moscow, Johnson Agara Olwa called on the Ugandan nationals in Ukraine to stay calm, and notify the Embassy in Moscow about their safety and whereabouts.

“The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in the Russia Federation calls upon Ugandan nationals in Ukraine to stay calm, be cautious, monitor local news for updates, observe the instructions as issued by the Government of Ukraine this ongoing situation,” said Ambassador Agara in statement.

“The Ugandan community is urged to notify the Embassy immediately about their safety, whereabouts and the situation as it prevails. You are also encouraged to keep close contact with friends and family,” he added.

The Ministry also emphasized the need to update their contact information, and ordered its Missions in Berlin and Moscow to keep in touch with Ugandans in Ukraine until a solution is found.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given instructions to Uganda’s Missions in Berlin (Germany), Moscow (Russia) & Honorary Consul in Hungary to keep in constant contact with Ugandans in Ukraine until a workable solution is found.”

The Ministry urged Ugandans to remain calm and cautious, adding that it was working with International partners in the region to find a viable solution.

They however highlighted the fact that some Ugandans do not have travel documents to facilitate crossing into countries neighboring Ukraine which is a big challenge.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin who insists Eastern Ukraine is “ancient Russian land,” ordered “military operation” in Ukraine last Thursday, just two days after he recognized Ukraine’s breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as Independent Republics.

On Monday,Ukrainian and Russian delegations held talks in a villa belonging to Belarusian President Alexandre Loukashenko, near the Belarus/Ukraine border, state news agency Belta reported.

Ahead of the negotiations, the Ukrainian presidency had demanded an immediate Russian ceasefire and troop withdrawal.

Kyiv had been initially reluctant to send a delegation to Belarus, given the country’s role in facilitating Russia’s attack on Ukraine by hosting troops and weaponry used for the invasion.

On Sunday, the government in Minsk agreed to allow Moscow to install nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory.

President Zelensky was not participating in the talks, which were being led by his Defence Minister, Oleksiï Reznikov and Russian presidential advisor Vladimir Medinsky.

As the talks got under way, at least 11 civilians were killed in Russian shelling on Ukraine’s second most populated city Kharkiv, the regional governor said, adding that dozens more had been injured.

“The Russian enemy is bombing residential areas,” Oleg Sinegubov wrote on the Telegram messaging app, saying that: “As a result of the bombardments that are ongoing, we cannot call on the emergency services… currently there are 11 dead and dozens wounded.”

The Russian economy is reported to be in serious difficulties as a result of international sanctions in response to the crisis.

Many Russian banks have been excluded from the SWIFT bank system, which is used to settle international trade, and the Russian central bank has seen its foreign assets frozen, depriving Moscow of access to these emergency funds.

The ruble lost 30 percent of its value in early trading on Monday.

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