Ukraine. Government tells UK nationals in Russia to consider leaving if they can


The government is urging all UK nationals who do not need to be in Russia to consider leaving. Russia’s neighbors set their own entry requirements, so you should check the necessary travel advice before heading there. You won’t be able to fly directly to the UK as there are currently no direct flights between that country and Russia.

If you wish to fly, there are a limited number of airlines operating indirect flights via the Middle East and Turkey as UK and European airspace is closed to Russian aircraft. If you are planning to leave, the UK government website recommends that you “tell a friend or relative of your travel plans before you go. Give them an idea of ​​your route (if possible) and an emergency contact number.

“Check with your mobile operator to make sure your phone will work in Russia. Save useful numbers in your phone, such as the British Embassy (+7 495 956 7200) and the local emergency number ( 112) To get a local SIM card, you will need to show your passport.

Russia invaded Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday, February 24 this year. The Washington Post reported yesterday that the UN has so far recorded at least 752 civilian casualties across Ukraine, with 227 killed and 525 injured. Tragically, these numbers include children. He also estimates that one million people have so far fled the country.

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A convoy stretching about 40 miles has been approaching the Ukrainian capital for several days, and there are reports of Ukrainian towns under siege. This includes troops cutting off water, electricity and communications while constantly bombarding and shelling the area.

The Ukrainian government estimates that 6,000 Russian troops have been killed in the fighting so far, while the Russian government acknowledged there were casualties for the first time yesterday. They said 498 Russians had been killed. It is impossible to verify either figure under the current circumstances.

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