115 Nigerians storm Ukraine embassy in Abuja, volunteer to fight against Russia

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Some 115 Nigerians have besieged Ukraine Embassy in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria to volunteer help for Ukraine to wage war against Russia.

The report was confirmed by the Second Secretary of the Ukraine Embassy, Bohdan Soltys who said no steps had been taken yet to that effect.

As Russia continues its onslaught in Ukraine, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy had announced a visa free regime for anyone willing to help the nation.

The men, who besieged the Ukraine Embassy in Abuja, also put down their names in a register provided by the embassy.

This is coming at a time Nigerians in the troubled country are struggling to return home.

Nigeria’s foreign affairs ministry had, in a statement by Gabriel Aduda, the ministry’s permanent secretary, announced that it expects to receive the first batch of evacuees from Ukraine on Thursday.

According to Mr Aduda, “the chartered flights (Air Peace, Max Air) will depart on Wednesday, March 2, to pick up Nigerian evacuees back home.”

He added that the Nigerian embassies in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia have received 650, 350, 940 and 150 persons respectively from Ukraine.

On the routes and capacity for the air lifts, Mr Aduda noted that Max Air will lift 560 persons from Romania while Air Peace will lift 364 persons from Poland and 360 from Hungary.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian embassy in Ukraine has ascertained that there are over 5,000 Nigerian students in Ukraine.

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