• Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

‘Hide in your homes,’ government warns Ghanaians in Ukraine.

Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration is concerned about the safety of Ghanaian students and other Ghanaians in Ukraine.

This comes on the heels of rising tensions in the previous few days over Russian attacks on Ukraine, which many believe could herald the start of the Third World War.

Russia wants NATO’s eastward expansion, which will affect Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, to be halted.

In response to the events in the country, Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that the government will seek to ensure that its residents in Ukraine are secure.

“The Government of Ghana is gravely concerned about the security and safety of our over 1000 students and other Ghanaians in Ukraine,” it said. “We have asked them to seek shelter in their homes or in government places of shelter while we engage the authorities, our relevant diplomatic missions, and our honorary consul on further measures.”

However, it is unknown how many Ghanaians are currently residing in Ukraine.

Why is Russia at odds with Ukraine?

While tensions between Russia and Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, have existed for some time, they began to spiral out of control in early 2021.

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, pushed US President Joe Biden to allow Ukraine to join NATO in January of last year.

This infuriated Russia, which began sending soldiers near the Ukrainian border for “training exercises” in the spring of last year and boosted the number in the fall.

By December, the US had begun to hype the deployment of Russian troops, and Vice President Joe Biden had threatened Russia with heavy punishment if it attacked Ukraine.

Russia has demanded a legally enforceable promise from the West that NATO will not conduct military operations in eastern Europe or Ukraine.

Ukraine, according to Vladimir Putin, is a puppet of the West and was never a real state in the first place.

This isn’t the first time that tensions between Russia and Ukraine have erupted. Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, when pro-Russian separatists captured major swaths of eastern Ukraine, and has been fighting Ukraine’s army since then.

Russia had annexed Crimea at the time.

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