Philippines Orders Mandatory Evacuation of Filipinos in Ukraine

As the Russia-Ukraine war continues.
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The Philippines has ordered the mandatory evacuation of its people in Ukraine after the Department of Foreign Affairs raised the highest crisis alert level in the former Soviet state.

The DFA on Monday raised Alert Level 4 in Ukraine which signals the mandatory evacuation or repatriation of Filipinos in the eastern European country as Russian forces continue their invasion.

"Filipinos in Ukraine will be assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Poland and the Rapid Response Team, which are currently assisting Filipino nationals for repatriation and relocation," the DFA said in a statement read by Communications Sec. Martin Andanar on Tuesday.

The DFA advised Filipinos living in Ukraine who are in need of help for repatriation to contact the Philippine Embassy in Poland by sending an email to warsaw.pe@dfa.gov.ph or calling the number +48 694 491 663.

The DFA has been assisting Filipinos fleeing Ukraine since Russia started its invasion on Feb. 24.

An estimated 1.5 million people have fled Ukraine since Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized the military operation in the country.

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