A group of U.S. Democratic lawmakers, including four senators and a member of the House of Representatives, will travel to Poland, India, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates to garner support for Ukraine.
“This strong congressional delegation will have the opportunity to meet with U.S. military leadership and troops in Poland in order to learn how the U.S. can continue to support Ukraine and our NATO allies against Russia’s unprovoked and unwarranted war,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement, according to The Hill.
“In addition, the delegation will meet with a number of key foreign leaders in Poland, UAE, India, Nepal, and Germany to strengthen ties during this period of heightened global tension,” the congressmen said.
Other senators making the trip with Kelly are Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ed Markey (D-MA), along with Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.), the lone House member.
Due to the suspension of international flights by the Nepalese government until May 31, 2021, some 107 Ukrainian citizens had to stay in Nepal, mainly climbers and tourists, MFA Spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko said. “Some 45 people were accommodated in hotels in Kathmandu, they are provided with everything they need. The rest of the citizens are in the mountainous area. Four Ukrainians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, they are being provided with the necessary assistance. Their health condition is satisfactory,” Nikolenko told Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.
According to him, the Ukrainian Embassy in India maintains contact with compatriots directly or through representatives of travel companies who organized the relevant tours.
Nikolenko said that, in addition to the general group in the social network, a round-the-clock “hot line” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine operates to process requests from citizens stuck in Nepal or their relatives: 044 238 1657, 044 238 1588. An honorary consul of Ukraine also works in Kathmandu to provide prompt consular assistance to Ukrainians.
“Diplomats are working to resolve the issue of the early return of Ukrainian citizens to their homeland. At the same time, they must understand that strict quarantine restrictions are in force in Nepal,” the speaker said.
Nikolenko said that now the possibility of Ukrainians leaving on repatriation flights of foreign countries is being considered.
“According to available information, Turkish Airlines submitted a request for permission from the Nepalese side to carry out charter flights to Nepal. We keep this case under control,” he said.
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson drew attention to the fact that a lot of inaccurate information is being circulated around the situation with our citizens in Nepal.
“I want to reassure everyone – we will not leave our people alone. The Ukrainian side also appealed to the Indian government with a request to allow the transit of our citizens through the territory of India,” he said.