The arrival of the first return flight from Ukraine Photo: Jose Fernandez
It was 11:07 p.m. when the first Portuguese evacuee from Ukraine landed at Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon. The group of 38 Portuguese, Lusi, and Ukrainian family members, He left the country in a border conflict with Moldova, passing through Romania and on Monday boarded a TAP flight from Bucharest, the Romanian capital, bound for Portugal.
The Portuguese who arrived in this group are, in part, Ukrainian Portuguese citizens who left Ukraine in the past few days, under the organization of the Portuguese Embassy in Kyiv. Some of these people “by their own means” also reached the border.
Prior to the conflict, the State Department had taken care of 240 Portuguese and Portuguese nationals in Ukraine. In the days before the tension escalated, officials in charge of Portuguese diplomacy reported that about 40 people had returned to Portugal. At that time, when No one thought the Russian invasion would happen, two Portuguese told Expresso that they had no intention of leaving the country. However, The situation has changed and so has the discourse.
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