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Ukraine and the Philippines: What You Need to Know

Here's an overview of relations between Manila and Kyiv.
by Joel Guinto
Feb 25, 2022
Photo/s: Daniel Leal, Agence France-Presse
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Here's what you need to know about relations between the Philippines and Ukraine, which has come under attack from Russia, sparking one of the worst security crises in Europe since the end of World War II.

Filipinos in Ukraine

Immediately after Russian President Vladimir Putin order a military operation on Feb. 24, Malacanang said repatriation of Filipinos in Ukraine was underway.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it accounted for 181 Filipinos in Ukraine, mostly in the capital Kyiv. From Kyiv and Lviv, Filipino authorities are on the ground and assisting nationals.

The Philippines has no embassy in Ukraine but there's one in nearby Warsaw, Poland.

"Our kababayans’ safe and prompt repatriation is the Department’s top priority," the DFA said.

Four repatriated Filipinos are expected to arrive in Manila on Feb. 25. Six others arrived earlier on Feb. 18, the DFA said.

Aside from the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw, those in Budapest, Moscow and the rest of Europe are ready to respond, the DFA said.

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Relations between the Philippines and Ukraine

The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992, right after the fall of the Soviet Union.

A protocol on politicial consultations between their foreign ministries took effect in September 2003 with the goal of elevating the level of exchange between the two governments. 

Officially, the Philippine Embassy in the Russian capital, Moscow, has jurisdiction over Ukraine.

Based on 2016 trade data on the DFA website, Ukraine is the 106th market for Phlippine exports and 31st largest source of imports.

The Philippines exports carrageenan, seaweed, static converters, glycerol and ignition wiring sets to Ukraine. On the import side, Manila buys electric conductors, whey bran and wheat -- one of Ukraine's chief products -- from the former Soviet republic.

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How will the conflict affect the Philippines?

The effect has been felt on gasoline prices long before the actual invasion started.

The Philippines relies heavily on oil imports and geopolitical tensions like Russia's invasion of Ukraine drive world oil prices higher.

The price of Brent Crude on Feb. 24 topped the $100 per barrel mark, a level not seen since 2014. For context, Brent exceeded $100 per barrel during the 2011 Arab Spring and the 2012 Iran crude embargo, according to AFP data.

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