DFA monitors Pinoys from beleaguered Ukraine

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said it is continuously monitoring the situation of Filipinos in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared martial law in the four Moscow-controlled provinces of Ukraine.

In a statement, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tess Daza said the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, as well as the country’s Honorary Consulate General in Kyiv, Ukraine are “constantly monitoring the conditions and circumstances of Filipino nationals who remain in Ukraine.”

Daza said the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw and the Honorary Consulate General in Kyiv have accounted for at least 25 Filipino nationals in Ukraine, mostly residing in Kyiv.

The Foreign Affairs department also said that there are no Filipinos who are currently residing or working in the regions where martial law was declared.

It also assured the Filipinos who are still in Ukraine that the government is ready to repatriate them upon their request.

“The Department, the Embassy, and the Honorary Consulate General stand ready to repatriate our kababayans should they request assistance for an immediate return to the country,” the statement read.

During the first half of this year, the DFA said it has extended assistance to more than 450 overseas Filipinos from Ukraine, with about 400 repatriated to the Philippines.

On Wednesday, Putin declared martial law in Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson provinces, which Russia recently proclaimed as annexed after sham referendums.

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