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M’sian diplomats fleeing Ukraine arrive safely in Poland after a 782km road trip

The remaining Malaysian diplomats and 2 foreign national dependents had arrived safely in Poland after a 782km road trip to escape the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

In a tweet by the Foreign Minister this morning (27 February), it is said that they managed to make their way to neighbouring Poland by 5.45 am this morning.

“The convoy of 9 Malaysians, 2 Ukrainian dependants and 1 Singaporean national evacuated from Kyiv led by Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Ms Fadhilah Daud, has safely arrived at Korczowa-Krakovets border of Ukraine and Poland at 5.45 am on 27 February 2022 (local time at 10.45 pm) on 26 February.”

“The convoy was received by officials from the Embassy of Malaysia in Poland. All evacuees and accompanying officials will be making their way to Warsaw, Poland.”

With this, all remaining Malaysians had already left Ukraine.

On Thursday (24 February), Russia launched a full-scale military invasion into Ukraine after months of escalating tensions between the two nations over two contested areas in the nation’s borders, Donetsk and Luhansk.

Source: CNN

According to a report by South China Morning Post (SCMP), our Malaysian diplomats were forced to escape by road after the chartered bus failed to show up amidst intense traffic.

The group finally decide “to make a run for it” on a 782km road trip in a convoy of four cars, expected to take about 10 hours in the direction of Lviv.

SCMP reported that a Malaysian government source with direct knowledge of the matter said the chartered bus was supposed to take them from Ukraine to neighbouring Poland, but it was poorly executed by the Malaysian foreign ministry.

The official source blamed the senior government officials, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah, and claimed that they failed to act with urgency after receiving Western intelligence in January which informed that a Russian invasion is imminent.

“This situation is partly the consequence of having a minister who is so desperate to not fall for Western narrative, he starts believing the nonsense peddled by the other side,” he said.

The embassy in Kyiv is led by First Secretary Fadhilah Daud, who is on her first overseas posting. She was credited for putting the escape plan into motion.


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