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Further evacuation of Ukrainians from abroad inappropriate, - Interior Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

One should not be risking the safety of millions of citizens to solve probems of several thousands, Arsen Avakov said
08:47, 1 April 2020

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The further evacuation of Ukrainians from abroad - those who could not return to motherland before the border was shut down on March 27 - would be inappropriate. Arsen Avakov, Ukraine's Interior Minister, made the respective statement on Facebook.

"The Interior Ministry will not provide any consent on any aviation charter [flight] anymore. The passenger air traffic is closed. The exceptions will be rare and only due to a separate decision, with 100-percent obligatory observation under control of sanitary doctors with the following PCR tests", reads his message.

He claimed that one should not be risking the safety of millions of citizens to solve problems of several thousands.

The Minister was outraged with the fact that many citizens ignored President Zelensky's call to return to Ukraine due to the approaching epidemic; the original address appeared on March 13.

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"Every third one who returned with that scandalous arranged flight yesterday... left the country to Bali... on March 13, 14 and 15 (!!!)", Avakov wrote.  

He considered such actions of compatriots unacceptable, referring to the statistics of the coronavirus morbidity rate. "People who returned by planes make more than 75 percent of cases of morbidity with coronavirus in Kyiv. Another 25 percent is the secondary infection from the same people - already in Kyiv..." the Minister wrote.  

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