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Archive for March 2, 2022

Newsline: Slovenia’s consulate building in Kharkiv destroyed by Russian rocket attack

The Slovenian foreign ministry said that the country’s consulate in Ukraine was destroyed by a Russian military attack. Footage shared by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia shows the moment a rocket hits the building in Kharkiv. The ministry has condemned the act and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine on social media, while the embassy wrote: “This horrific act will not remain without consequences”. (https://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-slovenia-consulate-building-kharkiv-221735200.html) According to the nation’s STA news agency, no employees were injured in the attack.

Newsline: Russian foreign ministry mulls expulsion of U.S. diplomats

Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday it could expel U.S. diplomats from Moscow in retaliation for the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from the United Nations Secretariat. (https://news.yahoo.com/russian-foreign-ministry-mulls-expulsion-181354333.html) The U.S. Mission to United Nations said on Tuesday the U.S. was expelling a Russian “intelligence operative” who works at the United Nations, in addition to 12 Russian diplomats at the country’s U.N. mission in New York whom Washington has also ordered to leave over national security concerns.

Newsline: Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats over spying allegations

Bulgaria has given two Russian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country over accusations of spying, Foreign Minister Teodora Ganchovska said on Wednesday. (https://news.yahoo.com/bulgaria-expels-two-russian-diplomats-154551550.html) In a earlier statement on Wednesday, prosecutors accused one Russian diplomat of espionage and said a Bulgarian reserve general was being investigated for handing out information considered state secrets to the Russian diplomat. A spokeswoman said the government, the national security services and prosecutors were assessing additional information to see if there were more people who had breached their diplomatic status.

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Newsline: China tells its citizens in U.S. to pay close attention to security

China’s embassy in the United States has warned its citizens in the country to pay close attention to their personal safety, citing a “worrying” security situation there. There is much “hatred” against China in the United States and many Asians face “malicious” attacks, seriously compromising the safety of Chinese nationals, the embassy said in Tuesday’s statement on its website. (https://news.yahoo.com/china-tells-citizens-u-pay-055027141.html) It mentioned international students and employees of Chinese-funded institutions among those at risk.

Newsline: Chinese Foreign Ministry says one of its citizens was shot and injured while evacuating from Ukraine

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the incident occurred on Tuesday while the person was leaving on their own. The Chinese Embassy in Kyiv immediately contacted the person to provide assistance. Wang told reporters at a daily briefing that the injured person is out of danger. He said the embassy is following the person’s progress and will continue to provide aid. (https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/live-updates-russian-bank-exiting-europe-amid-sanctions-83198891) Details surrounding the shooting are unclear, pointing to the chaotic situation as hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians and thousands of foreigners seek to escape the fighting. Beijing has refused to criticize the Russian assault or even describe it as an invasion or war, arguing that NATO and the West had failed to properly address Russia’s “legitimate security concerns.” As fighting erupted last week, the Foreign Ministry advised its citizens to display a Chinese flag on their vehicles when venturing out. Just two days later, it advised them instead to show no signs of Chinese nationality, apparently reflecting concerns over a hardening of anti-China rhetoric online. In a phone call Monday with his Ukrainian counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Ukraine to fulfill its “international responsibility” in ensuring the safety of Chinese nationals.

Newsline: Indian Embassy issues advisory to citizens in Ukraine for quick entry to Poland

The Indian Embassy in Poland issued an urgent advisory to Indian nationals in war-torn Ukraine on Wednesday urging them to travel at the earliest to the Budomierz border for a quick entry into Poland. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the Indian government has been coordinating efforts to evacuate all Indian nationals in the country via Poland, Romania, Hungary and other neighbouring countries under Operation Ganga. Union Minister General VK Singh is in Poland to oversee the evacuation efforts there. The advisory issued by the Indian Embassy in Poland asks Indians in Lviv, Ternopil and other places in western Ukraine to travel at the earliest to Budomierz border check-point to enter Poland quickly. “Alternatively, they are advised to travel south to transit via Hungary or Romania,” the advisory said. (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/indian-embassy-issues-advisory-to-citizens-in-ukraine-for-quick-entry-to-poland-details/ar-AAUuoNG) The Embassy has deployed officials at Medyka and Budomierz border check-points to receive all evacuees and facilitate their travel to India.

Newsline: Chinese Embassy is coordinating to evacuate its citizens from Ukraine

Chinese Embassy is coordinating to evacuate its citizens from Ukraine, including by conducting organized evacuations from the country and working with embassies in other countries on customs clearances, as the Russian invasion in Ukraine continues. In a notice posted on the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine’s website on Monday, the embassy said a handful of countries “are temporarily exempt from visas for those who leave Ukraine with valid passports.” Those countries include Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. “Our embassy has coordinated with the embassies in Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland to facilitate customs clearance for my citizens who travel from Ukraine to the above-mentioned countries,” the notice said, further providing numbers for citizens to reach out to if they have concerns on entering the neighboring countries. (https://news.yahoo.com/china-evacuating-citizens-ukraine-152432510.html) Organized evacuations have also been facilitated by the embassy, including 400 Chinese citizens taken by bus from Odessa on Monday and 200 from Kyiv, The Washington Post reported. Eighteen buses have been hired by the embassy for the evacuations, according to the Post. More Chinese citizens were expected to be taken out of the country on Tuesday, including about 900 from Kyiv and between 700 and 800 from Odessa.