General News of 2014-06-07

Ministry orders Embassy to protect students in Ukraine

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hannah Tetteh, has ordered the Ghanaian mission in Ukraine to attend to the needs of the stranded Ghanaian students in the country while the Ministry monitors the ongoing situation in Ukraine.

This follows a recent appeal by some Ghanaian students in Luhansk, Eastern Ukraine, for government to rescue them from Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine.

According to the students, their lives were at risk as a result of the on-going tussle between pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian military.

The Russian separatists on Monday took over two Ukrainian military bases in Luhansk, Eastern Ukraine, after days of combat in the Soviet Nation.

Eight civilians have been confirmed dead as a result of the raid.

Reacting to the ongoing situation via her twitter handle, Hannah Tetteh admitted that the attention of her Ministry had been drawn to the plight of the Ghanaian students in the Luhansk area.

She also revealed that the Ghanaian mission has been directed to cater for the train fare of the students to Kiev and house them for a week while the situation in the Luhansk area is monitored.

According to her, information at the Ghanaian embassy in Moscow shows that there are currently 150 students in Luhanks and the Donesk area.

The Ukrainian conflict began in February 2014 after a series of violent events in the capital of Kiev, culminated with the ousting of the then President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

The Russian President, Vladmir Putin and Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, met on Monday and called for a quick end to the ongoing bloodshed in Eastern Ukraine.

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