Russia-Ukraine crisis

Philippines evacuates over 40 Filipinos from Ukraine capital

Aika Rey
Philippines evacuates over 40 Filipinos from Ukraine capital

EVACUATED. Philippine Ambassador to Warsaw Leah Basinang-Ruiz and officials from the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw welcome 40 Filipino evacuees as they arrive in Lviv, Ukraine, from the capital, Kyiv.

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According to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, there are some 181 Filipinos in the country and most of them are in Kyiv

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday, February 26, that it had evacuated more than 40 Filipinos from Ukraine’s capital Kyiv to another city.

In a statement, the DFA said that the Filipinos were brought to the western Ukrainian city Lviv. More were expected to arrive in the coming days.

Philippine Ambassador to Warsaw in Poland Leah Basinang-Ruiz ensured the department’s commitment to bring Filipinos “out of harm’s way while there is still time.”

The Philippines does not have an embassy in Ukraine. On Thursday, February 24, the DFA said there were some 181 Filipinos in the country and most of them were in Kyiv. The department said some OFWs are opting to stay in Ukraine because of the need to provide for their families in the Philippines.

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Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, after weeks of tension and amassing troops near the border.

Russian forces have bombed several areas in Ukraine and were able to capture Chernobyl. The site of the 1986 nuclear disaster sits near Kyiv and signals Russia’s intent to advance toward the capital city.

Russia has been protesting Ukraine’s wanting to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO. In 2021, Russia demanded that the United States deny Ukraine NATO membership, which Moscow sees as an “eastward” expansion of the US and its allies into eastern Europe.

Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union until 1991. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.