KINGSTON, JAMAICA – 26 Jamaican students are still in Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.
Of those students, 25 are in Kharkiv, and one is in L’viv.
In addition, 15 students have left the country and two students have not provided information about their whereabouts.
The Jamaican Government says it continues to assist Jamaican students and their families, wherever possible, during this difficult time.
“We understand that you must be feeling scared and uncertain about what is happening in Ukraine, and like your families, we are concerned for you. The government of Jamaica has joined the world in calling for peace, and we pray that these requests are heeded swiftly. Until then, we will continue to reach out to offer support and guidance,” Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said in a message on Wednesday.
“As you know, conditions have deteriorated swiftly overnight. There are no international flights from Ukraine nor is overland travel possible (or recommended). Having said that, it is important that you pay attention to official sources of information and ensure you are knowledgeable about your university’s emergency procedures, including any recommended evacuation sites,” she said.
Johnson Smith indicated that, given the situation in Ukraine, she has consulted with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) colleagues and with other diplomatic partners on the situation and will continue monitoring for safe passage opportunities that can be communicated to the students.
She encouraged the students to stay in contact with the Ministry.