The Russia-Ukraine crisis which started last Thursday, proceeded yesterday with Poland declaring that it has transported a convoy with ammunition to the invaded country, Ukraine.
Amidst growing anxieties over the security of Nigerians in Ukraine, a former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, has noted that the Government of Ukraine has the responsibility to guarantee the safety and security of the whole people living in the country, all foreigners inclusive.
Poland’s Minister of Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced the shipment of ammunition to Ukraine on twitter, rendering it the first publicly acknowledged shipment of military assistance to the country since the Russian-Ukraine crisis started.
“A convoy of ammunition we are donating to Ukraine has already reached our neighbours. We stand by the Ukrainians, and show solidarity against Russian aggression,” he said in a tweet.
However, the tweet did not specify the type of ammunition Poland delivered to the Ukrainians nor the quantity.
Earlier, Poland and the Czech Republic had said that they would shut down airspace for Russian airlines after Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
According to Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, yesterday, he was drawing up legislation that would lead “to the closure of airspace for Russian airlines.”
On his part, Czech Republic’s Minister of Transport, Martin Kupka, said the country would cease operations of all Russian carriers on its territory commencing today.
“As of midnight today, we are stopping the operation of all Russian air carriers on Czech territory,” he announced on Twitter.
Last Thursday, the United Kingdom had also proclaimed it was outlawing civilian Russian aircraft from its airspace. U.S., EU, Australia and Japan had also announced sanctions against Russia.