Iran sends plane to Poland to pick up students stranded in Ukraine

TEHRAN – Iran has sent a plane to Poland to bring back its citizens, mostly students, who traveled from Ukraine whose airspace has been closed to civilian flights amid a raging conflict with Russia .

“The first special flight to transfer compatriots from Poland to our country will take off a few hours later. So far, 300 students have been settled in Warsaw alone,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“Strong efforts are being made by the Foreign Ministry, and our embassies in Ukraine and neighboring countries will bring our nationals back to the country with the slightest difficulty,” he added.

Earlier, Iran Air reported that an Airbus A330 had left Tehran for Warsaw to bring back Iranians, mostly students, who had been stranded in Ukraine after the outbreak of war on Thursday.

The Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Tehran’s embassy in Kyiv remained operational, expressing sadness for “some social media hype”.

Iran’s ambassador to Ukraine, Manouchehr Moradi, visited Iranian students locked in a shelter in Kiev on Friday after a video of them went viral.

The ambassador told them that the government would do everything possible to send them back.

“The most important current mission of the Iranian Foreign Ministry is to fully and urgently address the situation of Iranians living in Ukraine, which is ongoing according to forecasts made using all capabilities,” the Foreign Ministry said. foreigners in a press release.

According to figures from the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, around 80,000 international students are studying in the country. India has the most, followed by Morocco, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Nigeria.

On social media, students and their supporters called on their home governments to charter planes out of the country, share where students were stranded, and offer advice on where to find shelter. Users also released emergency phone numbers for stranded students from various countries, Press TV reported.

The Nigerian government has begun the evacuation of its nationals from Ukraine as tension between Russian and Ukrainian forces erupts. A total of 256 Nigerian citizens were evacuated from Ukraine and received in Romania, Hungary and Poland. This is out of a total number of around 5600 Nigerians, the vast majority of whom are students.

On Monday, China evacuated its first group of people from Ukraine, including around 400 Chinese students from Odessa and 200 from Kiev. According to the Chinese embassy in Kyiv, around 1,000 more Chinese residents would be evacuated from Ukraine to neighboring countries such as Poland and Slovakia on Tuesday.

Turkey began evacuating its residents from Ukraine amid Russia’s attack on the country, and its citizens shared the joy of arriving safe and sound.

As part of the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s evacuation plan, 220 Turkish nationals entered Turkey in five buses through the Kapikule border gate on the Turkish-Bulgarian border.

India has also stepped up its efforts to rescue its citizens who are trapped in towns and border crossings in Ukraine. At least three rescue planes are due to bring the stranded Indians home this afternoon. This includes two flights from Bucharest, the capital of Romania, and one from Budapest, the capital of Hungary. The planes were to land in Mumbai and Delhi.