MP Mohamed Ghassan Maumoon (PPM-Guraidhoo) has expressed concerns that the government had failed to evacuate the Maldivian students residing in Ukraine even in the presence of "clear evidence" that a war could break out in the region near the Ukraine-Russia border.
MP Ghassan expressed his concerns via Twitter following the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' announcement that 20 Maldivian students were still in Ukraine as Russia began its attack on the country early this morning. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been high for more than a month, and many world powers had identified the imminent threat of war.
MP Ghassan said that the signs of war had been present, and the "clear evidence" of an imminent war were present. He wrote that it was "saddening" that the government did not give much importance to the Maldivian students' requests to help them return home.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, long after other countries had evacuated most of their citizens from Ukraine, issued an order for the evacuation of Maldivian students from Ukraine in the middle of this week, on February 22.
When the Maldivian students had requested the Maldivian government for help, the Maldivian government had told them to leave Ukraine at their own expense.
MP Ghassan called on the government to take quick action to help the remaining Maldivian students return home.