Zelensky calls on Ukrainian citizens to refrain from traveling to Belarus

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Ukrainian citizens to refrain from traveling to Belarus due to the difficult political situation in the country.

He told this to journalists during his visit to the Boryspil intensive care hospital on Thursday, August 13, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

“The situation in Belarus is very difficult now. We went through it in Ukraine. I really want to see no deaths, no casualties there and I want the authorities to find a dialogue with their society. So far we have seen that the situation there is difficult, unstable, serious. I would advise Ukrainians now to refrain from traveling to Belarus because of difficult cases, because our people have been detained, until the situation gets more or less stable there,” Zelensky said.

He recalled that according to the latest data, three Ukrainian citizens were detained and illegally held in Belarus. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is working with the Belarusian authorities to identify and release all Ukrainian citizens detained during the recent protests as soon as possible, he said.

“The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has already contacted the Belarusian side. Three of our citizens were detained there. Negotiations are underway. We insist that our citizens be returned to Ukraine,” Zelensky said.

© 2020 Ukrinform News

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