Government has urged Zimbabweans holed up in war-hit Ukraine to contact the country’s embassy in Germany for any assistance.
The Eastern European country has come under heavy bombardment from Russia with unconfirmed media reports claiming “hundreds” of civilians have been killed in a space of few hours since the war erupted.
Amid the crisis, government has urged Zimbabwean citizens there to contact the country’s embassy in Berlin, over 1 350km away.
“Govt has taken note of the current situation in Ukraine and the possibility of our nationals being caught in it. Any Zimbabweans in Ukraine needing Govt intervention are advised to make contact with our Embassy in Berlin on Tel: +49 30 232556760,” said government via the Information Ministry Twitter handle.
It is not known how many Zimbabweans are currently in Ukraine.
The directive by government has however been met with consternation by some locals who felt it is too insensitive for the country’s leaders to ask people who is under siege from a powerful force like the Russian military to have time and resources to seek help from a distant place.
Commenting on Twitter Thursday, @Alchemy_Handz called the directive stupid.
“This is stupid @nickmangwana you need solutions on the ground or at least a neighbouring country. There are over 1000 Zimbabweans living in Ukraine mostly students who are scared and clueless and your solution is a country that’s almost 2000kms away. Do better!” he said.
The Zanu PF led government has often come under fire for its poor welfare for citizens at home and abroad.