Nigerian students say they feel abandoned in Ukraine

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As other governments consider evacuating their citizens from Ukraine, Nigerian students tell CNN they were basically told, “You’re on your own.”

Anjola-Oluwa Ero-Phillips said he and about 70 other Nigerian students were stranded with no way to legally leave Lviv in the west of the country near the border with Poland.

Abike Dabiri of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission told CNN that the country’s foreign ministry would announce evacuation plans, but gave no timetable.

Dabiri also sent updated travel advice from the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking Nigerian students in Ukraine to “remain calm but be very vigilant and be responsible for their personal safety and security”.

Lviv is about 300 miles from Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, where explosions were heard in the early hours of Thursday after Russian forces entered the country.

“There were no explosions here, but earlier today we heard the siren tests. Flights are canceled and it’s hard to get taxis or Uber,” the student said. in medicine Ero-Phillips about the situation in Lviv.

“Everyone is at the ATM to withdraw money, but the banks are not opening. The money is running out at the ATM and you can no longer make app transactions,” he said. added.

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People line up to withdraw cash from ATMs in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on February 24. (Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images)

“From what I heard from Indian citizens, their government is trying to get free transit for them to the Polish border,” Ero-Phillips said.

In a notice on Thursday, the Indian Embassy in Kyiv said arrangements were in place to evacuate Indian nationals and students.

“Nobody knows what to do. We have been contacting the Nigerian Embassy since last month,” said Ero-Phillips, president of the Lviv branch of the Association of Nigerian Students in Ukraine.

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