Group of Ghanaian students in Ukraine transported safely to Romania – NUGS

Source: myjoyonline

A group of Ghanaian students who were living in Chernivtsi in Ukraine have been evacuated to Romania, following arrangements made by the Foreign Ministry.
 
 
The students who arrived safely in the neighbouring country will be catered for by the Romanian government, a tweet by the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) on Saturday said.

 

 

According to NUGS, another batch of students, about 21 are expected to enter Hungary after spending some hours at the country’s border.

 

 

Some 150 students, including 400 Nigerians, are yet to set off from Ukraine.

 

 

“We have confirmed very reliably that Ghanaian Students who were in the City of Chernivtsi-Ukraine have arrived safely in Romania and are being catered for by the government of Romania as per arrangements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

“Their food, shelter, and basic needs are all being taken care of. Train to Hungary safely on the move as well,” the student body revealed.

 

 

This comes in less than 24 hours after the government announced interventions put in place to evacuate Ghanaians to neighbouring countries.

 

 

The Foreign Affairs Ministry says a list of students caught up in the conflict has been compiled to facilitate the exercise, adding that plans are far advanced to evacuate them.
The move is in line with the closure of Ukraine’s airspace, a situation that has made it difficult to airlift people from the country.

 

 

Meanwhile, relatives of Ghanaians in Ukraine have been invited to a meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

 

 

The meeting will take place at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) at 10 am.

 

 

A statement issued by the Ministry on Saturday, February 26 explained that the meeting is in line with “the prevailing precarious security situation in Ukraine, which has necessitated the evacuation of Ghana nationals, among others from the country to safety.”

Ukraine invasion: Would Putin press the nuclear button?

Source: BBC

Let me begin with an admission. So many times, I’ve thought: “Putin would never do this.” Then he goes and does it.

 

“He’d never annex Crimea, surely?” He did.

“He’d never start a war in the Donbas.” He did.

“He’d never launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.” He has.

I’ve concluded that the phrase “would never do” doesn’t apply to Vladimir Putin.

 

And that raises an uncomfortable question:

“He’d never press the nuclear button first. Would he?”

It’s not a theoretical question. Russia’s leader has just put his country’s nuclear forces on “special” alert, complaining of “aggressive statements” over Ukraine by Nato leaders.

Listen closely to what President Putin has been saying. Last Thursday when he announced on TV his “special military operation” (in reality, a full-scale invasion of Ukraine), he delivered a chilling warning:

 

“To anyone who would consider interfering from the outside – if you do, you will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history.”

“Putin’s words sound like a direct threat of nuclear war,” believes Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov, chief editor of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper.

“In that TV address, Putin wasn’t acting like the master of the Kremlin, but the master of the planet; in the same way the owner of a flash car shows off by twirling his keyring round his finger, Putin was twirling the nuclear button. He’s said many times: if there is no Russia, why do we need the planet? No one paid any attention. But this is a threat that if Russia isn’t treated as he wants, then everything will be destroyed.”

 

Mr Putin, pictured watching a missile launch in 2005, could resort to more desperate measures if his war in Ukraine is perceived to be failing

In a 2018 documentary, President Putin commented that “…if someone decides to annihilate Russia, we have the legal right to respond. Yes, it will be a catastrophe for humanity and for the world. But I’m a citizen of Russia and its head of state. Why do we need a world without Russia in it?”

Fast forward to 2022. Putin has launched a full-scale war against Ukraine, but the Ukrainian armed forces are putting up stiff resistance; Western nations have – to the Kremlin’s surprise – united to impose potentially crippling economic and financial sanctions against Moscow. The very existence of the Putin system may have been put in doubt.

“Putin’s in a tight spot,” believes Moscow-based defence analyst Pavel Felgenhauer. “He doesn’t have many options left, once the West freezes the assets of the Russian Central bank and Russia’s financial system actually implodes. That will make the system unworkable.

“One option for him is to cut gas supplies to Europe, hoping that will make the Europeans climb down. Another option is to explode a nuclear weapon somewhere over the North Sea between Britain and Denmark and see what happens.”

If Vladimir Putin did choose a nuclear option, would anyone in his close circle try to dissuade him? Or stop him?

“Russia’s political elites are never with the people,” says Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov. “They always take the side of the ruler.”

And in Vladimir Putin’s Russia the ruler is all-powerful. This is a country with few checks and balances; it’s the Kremlin that calls the shots.

“No one is ready to stand up to Putin,” says Pavel Felgenhauer. “We’re in a dangerous spot.”

The war in Ukraine is Vladimir Putin’s war. If the Kremlin leader achieves his military aims, Ukraine’s future as a sovereign nation will be in doubt. If he is perceived to be failing and suffers heavy casualties, the fear is that could prompt the Kremlin to adopt more desperate measures.

 

Especially if “would never do” no longer applies.

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