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Third batch of Nigerians stranded in Ukraine arrive Abuja

The third batch of Nigerians stranded in Ukraine arrived the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja at 11:50pm local time from Budapest, Hungary aboard Air Peace.

They were evacuated from Hungary and landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 11:25 pm on Friday.

According to the official figure from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the number of evacuees from Hungary was 174 in number and they were brought aboard Air Peace.

Earlier yesterday, the second batch of Nigerian evacuees from Ukraine arrived via an Air Peace flight carrying the 183 evacuees. Two aircrafts provided by the Federal Government of Nigeria were assigned to repatriate Nigerians living in the Ukraine who were caught in the middle of the Russian attacks on multiple fronts.

The first aircraft which was Max Air flight 747, came with 450 Nigerians from Ukraine through Romania.

Then , Air Peace brought 183 Nigerians from Warsaw in Poland, including adults and kids and the third was also an Air Peace flight. All flights landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Friday.

This was due to many Nigerians fleeing to neighbouring countries, following Russia’s attacks on Ukraine on multiple fronts that began on Feb. 24.

Federal Government said its diplomatic mission had received a total of 256 citizens from Ukraine at Bucharest, Hungary, Poland and Romania since Feb. 27, following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on Feb. 24, many residents, including Nigerians had been forced to flee to neighbouring countries.

However, the number of people on the third batch has not been communicated yet.

Over 5,000 Nigerians, the majority of whom are students studying in Ukraine have been caught up in the conflict.

Many of them have reportedly fled to neighbouring countries to Ukraine including Hungary, Poland, and Romania.

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