Ukrainian citizens unable to leave country due to airport shutdown, says Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry
A group of Ukrainians were on Jan. 5 unable to leave Kazakhstan, where mass protests have erupted over rising fuel prices, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has told Novoye Vremya.
The Almaty-Kyiv flight was canceled due to the airport being closed amid the mass protests.
Ukrainian diplomats said they assisted everyone affected in finding accommodation and are discussing with the airport administration the possibility of allowing the flight to go ahead.
At the same time, the Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport is operating as usual. A flight to Kyiv is scheduled for Jan. 6.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan, has switched to round-the-clock operations.
In case of danger, Ukrainians can call for help by phone: +7 705 755 66 10 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
The situation is being aggravated by the introduction of a state of emergency across the country, as well as unstable mobile service and Internet, the Foreign Ministry said.
Regional passenger traffic is partially limited, while international flights are delayed or canceled.
Ukrainian diplomats say they expect the Kazakh authorities to ensure the safety of Ukrainian citizens and provide them with full assistance.
The ministry has called on Ukrainians in the country to refrain from attending mass protests, especially in large cities, to stay vigilant and cautious, and to register at https://friend.mfa.gov.ua, an e-system for Ukrainian citizens traveling abroad, so that diplomats can provide timely assistance if required.
Kazakhstan has been engulfed in mass protests since the beginning of the year.
The protests were sparked by significant rises in liquefied petroleum gas prices, but later evolved into political demonstrations.
The protests then escalated into clashes with law enforcement officers, which reportedly resulted in injuries, and unconfirmed reports of some deaths.
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