BERLIN: The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information has disclosed that several Liberian students studying in Ukraine have arrived in Berlin, Germany, as the war between Russia and Ukraine intensifies amid imposition of multiple sanctions against Russia by the West.
Making the disclosure late Wednesday, Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Jalawah Tonpo, confirmed that the Liberian students’ departure from Ukraine was made possible following a ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine based on the intervention of Liberian diplomatic mission in Europe.
“I can confirm that all of our students are now in the Liberian Embassy in Germany, and they are all safe,” Tonpo told OK FM.
The latest update on the students’ status was also attested to by the President of the Liberian Students Association in Ukraine who said in a statement that most of them were making their way to Germany from Poland, Hungary and Romania.
According to the statement, the Liberian Embassy in Germany has been receptive to the students who made it to Berlin.
On Monday, reports say some of the students met with Ambassador Youngor Telewoda at the Embassy where the Ambassador held talks with them.
Ambassador Telewoda also assured the students that the Liberian Government is very concerned about their well-being and has engaged European countries diplomatically to grant them temporary stay especially countries bordering with Ukraine.
In the spirit of solidarity with the students of Liberia, the German government has provided temporary shelters and granted them one-year temporary stay.
The statement, under the signature of the Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs at the Embassy of Liberia in Berlin, Augustine Hamelberg, decries the students’ current situation.
Hamelberg, formerly of UNMIL Radio, and now Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs at the Embassy of Liberia in Berlin, German, stressed that by next week, Ambassador Youngor Telewoda will hold talks with the German Foreign Office to see if there can be another extra package for the Liberian students.
Also Reuters reported that more than 2 million people fled Ukraine for Poland, and other countries since the start of the ‘Russian invasion.’
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said houses had been destroyed all across Ukraine. “Hundreds of thousands of people have no food, no water, no heat, no electricity, and no medical care,” it said.