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Ministry works to provide safe passage for Jordanians in Ukraine

4. Ukraine
A photo of the aircraft that returned Jordanian citizens, based on Royal directives, to the Kingdom from Romania due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict on March 2, 2022. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates is “using all available methods to contact the relevant parties and international organizations to provide safe passage for 145 Jordanians to leave Sumy," said ministry Spokesman Haitham Abu Alfoul. اضافة اعلان

In a press statement on Saturday, the ministry said it is continuing to cooperate with Jordanian embassies in Ankara and Moscow, and conduct "intensive" diplomatic contacts with all concerned parties and international organizations to push for providing safe corridors for Jordanians in the cities of Sumy and Kharkiv, in northeastern Ukraine.

Abu Alfoul said that the concerned authorities were provided with an updated list that includes the Jordanians' names, in preparation for any agreement that could be struck in this regard.

News reports said that a ceasefire agreement had been reached in the Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, and safe passages will be provided for civilians residing there and wishing to leave, but

according to Jordan News Agency, Petra, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said records of its crisis cell show that no Jordanians are registered in these two cities.

Sky News Arabic said the Russian Defense Ministry released a statement saying that Ukrainian forces hold more than 5,000 foreigners hostage to use them as human shields.

According to the statement, "among the hostages east of Ukraine, there are about 1,500 Indian students, 40 Egyptians, 200 Jordanians, and 15 Vietnamese".

The Russian Defence Ministry also emphasized “Kyiv’s authorities’ rejection to open human corridors in both Kharkiv and Sumy,” indicating “that it is banning civilians from exiting the two cities.”

“In Sumy, around 20 Pakistani students attempted to flee the city, yet they were hit and returned inside,” it said.

Abu Alfoul did not comment on the news that students, including Jordanians, are used as human shields.

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