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Ukraine initiates new evacuation of its citizens from Wuhan

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine will organize an evacuation from China, if there will be a sufficient number of applications from Ukrainians in Wuhan with a request to evacuate them
17:21, 23 February 2020

Anton Herashchenko
Ukraine's Interior Ministry

Ukraine might organize another evacuation of its citizens, who remained in the Chinese city of Wuhan - the epicenter of the spread of the coronavirus. Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko stated this, as the press service of the Ministry reported.

"If there is a sufficient number of applications from Ukrainians in the city of Wuhan with a request to evacuate them, Ukraine will be able to do this again," Herashchenko said.

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On February 20, the Boeing 737-800 landed in Kharkiv city. It carried the Ukrainians, who were evacuated from China so as to save them from the raging coronavirus. According to Ukraine's Healthcare Ministry, none of the passengers were sick or showed any symptoms of the disease. The Interior Ministry decided that the citizens will be put on the quarantine in Novi Sanzhary, Poltava region, central Ukraine.

That evening, the buses with the evacuated passengers reached Novi Sanzhary; the enraged locals pelted them with stones, protesting against the decision to accommodate the people there. They also set a fire and tried to block the road to the sanitarium, but the police didn't let them.

Ukrainian Anastasiia Zinchenko did not evacuate with other citizens of Ukraine from Chinese city Wuhan as she could not take her dog with her. She failed to find a veterinary clinic in Wuhan for the procession of the necessary package of documents for dog Misha, as Ukraine’s Embassy to China reported on Facebook.

“Amid big and small victories as a result of round-the-clock work of our diplomats on the organization of the evacuation of our citizens from Hubei province covered by a virus, despite the real sincere desire to help each and everyone, the desirable result was achieved not everywhere. As a consequence, a few-weeks fight against bureaucracy was unsuccessful and Nastia Zinchenko had to stay in China along with her pet, pomeranian Misha,” the embassy reported.

Thus, the citizen of Ukraine was not allowed to leave with the dog due to the inconsistencies in the dog’s documents. It is noted that firstly, there were no documents from the veterinary clinic and the Ukrainian was offered to leave the pomeranian in the pet hotel and evacuate. However, the girl refused from such a variant.

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