KYIV — Armenia announced the evacuation of its embassy in Kyiv on Friday as Russian forces continued to approach Ukraine’s capital on the ninth day of their invasion.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry said that the embassy staff was relocated to the western Ukrainian cities of Lviv and Uzhgorod for safety reasons. It said the diplomats “will continue to work and serve Armenian citizens” from there.

“Let us emphasize that the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Ukraine is one of the few embassies that have worked with all their staff and served compatriots during all this time, and it will continue to do so from the new locations,” the ministry spokesman, Vahan Hunanyan, wrote on Facebook.

Hunanyan said nothing about the Armenian consulate in the Black Sea city of Odessa which military observers believe could be captured by Russian troops in the coming days. He again posted emergency phone numbers for Armenian nationals who want to leave or have already left Ukraine and need assistance.

Estimates of the number of ethnic Armenians who lived in Ukraine before the war vary from 100,000 to 400,000. Many of them are said to hold Armenian passports. The European Union has allowed them to enter Ukraine’s EU members without Schengen visas.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

All Armenian Fund’s Support to the Forcibly Displaced Artsakh People

YEREVAN — Since the onset of the Azerbaijani aggression against Artsakh in…

Armenian Gymnasts Win One Gold and Three Silver in European Championships

BERN — 2015 world pommel horse bronze medalist Herutyun Merdinyan has won…

Lavrov Visits Yerevan and Baku to Present Medvedev\’s Vision on Karabakh Conflict Resolution

YEREVAN — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has paid a brief visit…

Iranian, Armenian Leaders Meet in New York

NEW YORK — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for greater trade and…