31 Thais want to stay in war-hit nation

31 Thais want to stay in war-hit nation

Thirty-one Thais have shown an intention to stay in Ukraine, the Thai embassy in Poland said, as diplomats tried to help eight others struggling to reach the shelter at Lviv set up by the Foreign Ministry.

The embassy said 31 Thais decided not to leave for personal reasons, mainly because they have Ukrainian families.

The embassy said it was trying to help one Thai stranded in Severodonetsk city and seven in Mykolayiv city. They had been unable to reach the assistance centre in Lviv, in western Ukraine, because the trip was too dangerous.

Severodonetsk is 730 kilometres east of Kyiv, and Mykolayiv is by the Black Sea, about 500km to the south. Both are in border areas where invading Russian troops are advancing.

There were 256 Thai nationals in the eastern European country when the invasion started. The Foreign Ministry has brought home 136 to date.

Another 40 Thais, comprising the third group, travelled by air from Poland on an Emirates airline aircraft and landed at Suvarnabhumi airport at 12.05pm yesterday.

On Saturday, a group of 45 Thais will fly from neighbouring Poland to the kingdom, while another group of 16 Thai nationals will fly from Romania to Bangkok.

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