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At Least 200 Zimbabwean Students Stranded In Ukraine

At Least 200 Zimbabwean Students Stranded In Ukraine

At least 200 Zimbabwean students are stranded in Ukraine after flights were grounded as Russia began a military offensive this week.

The students have sent a plea to the Zimbabwe government to be evacuated.

The ministry of foreign affairs said its embassy in Germany was coordinating with Zimbabwean citizens inside Ukraine.

Faith Vundla, a third-year medical student in Odessa, a port city on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine, said Russian bombs started falling on the city at around 4 AM on Thursday.

She had booked a flight to Zimbabwe for Friday, but that can no longer happen after the airspace over Ukraine were closed to civilian aircraft.

Vundla estimates that 30 Zimbabwean students are in Odessa, with dozens more at universities around Ukraine including the capital, Kyiv, which has also come under attack.

Vundla said she was among the students that had joined a WhatsApp group created by the embassy. The students also have a separate WhatsApp group, she said, which has close to 200 people. Vundla told ZimLive:

The embassy has advised us to get to Poland from where we can be evacuated. The trouble is that to get into Poland you need a Schengen visa which most of us don’t have. 

The other issue is that travel inside Ukraine itself has become very difficult, it’s more practical to go to a country closest to you and for us here in Odessa, that country is Moldova. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution around it I’m afraid and we desperately need our government to help us.

Vundla said she and her friends planned to gather in one place as they await directions from the Zimbabwe government.

Russian forces invaded Ukraine by land, air and sea on Thursday. Missiles rained down on Ukrainian cities.

In a televised declaration of war in the early hours, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had ordered “a special military operation” to protect people, including Russian citizens, subjected to “genocide” in Ukraine, an accusation western countries called absurd propaganda.

More: ZimLive

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zimboy 2 months ago

even kudzokas kumba rungorii rufuu wehama woye..

Entle😍 2 months ago

I hope they survive this😭😪. I know Faith and i hope she n others get help. One of the people who are representing our previous school very well.

chimuti 2 months ago

Kusiri kufa ndekupi apa🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌


Hulk Hogan 2 months ago

Some frogs who were saying Ndebele people are not educated,here is @Vundla in Ukraine,while you stupid tribalist Shona are masturbating here in Zimbabwe

ngudu 2 months ago

they think they no much these mbeba people

Chief 2 months ago

Shonas have been insulting on this platform..Vundla has exposed them.

FoolishDougie 2 months ago

Yoooo where is tribalism here. Except in your stinkinh skull. Hriw uo yoooir.
Repent and recieve Jesus Christ. You need him

Willie chauke 2 months ago

Tell them to go to the Zimbabwean embassy and something will be organised by Russian President. May our president Cde ED quickly contact president Putin for the Russian army to serve our students please

Willie chauke 2 months ago

Any Zimbabweans in Ukraine needing Govt intervention are advised to make contact with our Embassy in Berlin on Tel: +49 30 232556760


Email adress:

Contact numbers: 0049 30206 2263 / 770067

Trevor 2 months ago

Death os permanent, problems are temporary

Mboko 2 months ago

Ndiri kunzwa kuda ku****

Rifihle 2 months ago

Munonyora sei kuti mupinde paPindula help

Neo 2 months ago

Willie chauke 2 months ago

Unoda kupinda pa pindula ngaanyore izvi kuti spindle

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Barman 2 months ago

Suggest once u ere download the app

Thrust 2 months ago

Doug 2 months ago

Zimbabwe is Russia's friend. Can diplomats from the two countries discuss the plight of the Zimbabwean students and nationals?

Gamechanger 2 months ago

Death is coming for you all, repent and save the lord in your last hours

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