Ukrainian diplomats working in consulates and embassies abroad in the difficult situations faced by Ukrainian citizens due to the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine restrictions are increasingly faced with the need to resolve the problems of saving lives.
Ukrainian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkey Andriy Sibiga said so in a comment to Ukrinform.
“One example was to solve the problem of our sailors who sailed from Croatia to Odessa on a sailboat. The countries along the road have refused to accept them and supply them. The Turkish side has provided such an opportunity. On board were 9 Ukrainian citizens, all of whom risked finding themselves at sea without fuel to travel. Refueling was carried out at кanakkale, ”said the ambassador.
Another problem is that of the difficulties that have arisen among citizens who are being treated abroad and those who have already returned home after treatment and continue to take medicines manufactured abroad.
“At the end of March, it was urgent to transfer blood samples for compatibility analysis for a new bone marrow transplant to a Ukrainian citizen of Rivne, suffering from cancer and in serious condition in Istanbul. It was possible to transmit by the last flight of a plane flying from Ukraine for the return of citizens of Turkey. The Ukrainian Consul General in Istanbul organized the delivery of the necessary medicines to our citizens, who are continuing the treatment, taking medicines made in Turkey, “said Sibiga.
“In some ways, it’s a unique experience. We have to perform atypical tasks when the life of our fellow citizens really depends on the help of consuls. I speak as is, without pathos. The consuls are now solving problems that go far beyond their official duties, in fact saving people’s lives, “added the Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey.
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He thanked the companies Ukrferry, SkyUP and Turkish Airlines for the professionalism, assistance and willingness to help Ukrainian citizens.
As noted, yesterday a ferry went to Ukraine, on which 40 Ukrainian citizens returned to their country of origin.
As of the evening of April 12, there were 1,812,745 cases of coronavirus infection worldwide. Among them, 112,248 patients died, 415,254 – recovered.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru