Philippines monitors Filipinos in Ukraine as Putin declares martial law

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MANILA – After Russia declared martial law in four Ukrainian regions that it claimed to have annexed, the Philippine government closely monitors the condition of the 25 accounted Filipinos in Ukraine.

Manila has stated that it is prepared to repatriate the remaining Filipinos who request assistance for an immediate return to the country.

“Following Russia’s declaration of martial law in Ukrainian regions, our Philippine Embassy in Warsaw, Poland and our Honorary Consulate General in Kyiv, Ukraine are constantly monitoring the conditions and circumstances of Filipino nationals who remain in Ukraine,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

“The Philippine Embassy in Warsaw and the Honorary Consulate General in Kyiv have accounted for 25 Filipino nationals in Ukraine, mostly residing in Kyiv, and none from the regions where martial law was declared,” it added.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the agency has repatriated approximately 400 out of more than 450 overseas Filipinos.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday declared martial law in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk, which were the subject of Moscow’s so-called referendums in September 2022.

The United Nations described the referendums as illegal, stating that they do not form a basis for any change in the status of the Ukrainian territories.

The Philippines joined 142 other countries on Oct. 12 in favoring a UN resolution that rejected the referendum’s results and condemned Russia’s “attempted illegal annexation” of the four Ukrainian regions.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.