Eleven Ukrainian citizens currently stay in Aleppo in Syria, where military actions continue between government troops and militants. Ukraine’s Embassy in Syria tweeted this on Wednesday.
“According to the Ukrainian Embassy in Syria, about 11 Ukrainians currently reside in Aleppo. We set direct contacts to save them in case of emergency”, reads the message.
The Embassy’s press service also asked Ukrainians to leave Syria due to further worsening of combat situation in the region and the country in general. On March 1, the Embassy in Syria is to be evacuated to Lebanon.
Previously, Syrian troops took positions to the south of Aleppo. The UN expressed its concern for the rapid offensive of the Syrian government army on Aleppo. By the estimates of UN experts, if the offensive continues, about 150 thousand civilians will be forced to leave their homes.
As is known, some 35 thousand refugees from Syria stay at the Turkish-Syrian border; however Ankara still doesn’t let them in. At the same time, the Turkish government offers food and shelter to the civilians who now stay on the Syrian side of the border.
Previously, the Foreign Ministry said that for the last five years, about 30 Ukrainians were captured in Libya and Syria.