Eighteen Trinity College Dublin students studying on an exchange program in Russia are receiving “1-1” support from the university as the war in Ukraine increase.
in the context of a ‘Do Not Travel’ advice from the Government of Ireland to the Russian Federation, because of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.
A university spokesperson told Independent.ie that Trinity is providing students with the support they need, “including assistance with any travel arrangements”.
The university said it was working with the students “on a one-on-one basis” and asked how the students would return to Ireland from Russia, Trinity said it could not “comment on individual situations”. the student”.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar on Tuesday said there are about 50 Irish students currently studying in Russia.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said that there are “very limited or no flights to the EU” and that Irish nationals wishing to return to Ireland by air “should book flights via Istanbul, Dubai or Abu Dhabi”.
The DFA is advising against traveling to Russia at this time and advising all Irish nationals temporarily in Ukraine to leave “as quickly as possible”, due to geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West.
“Amid rapidly deteriorating flight corridors, Irish nationals in Russia temporarily may soon find themselves with no viable route back to Ireland,” the DFA said.
There is no travel advisory because “flight and transport options in and out of the country are rapidly deteriorating”.
The ministry also advised Irish citizens in Russia to “be vigilant for their own safety” and to “avoid mass gatherings” due to the situation of civil unrest in many cities.
Human rights group OVD-Info, which tracks political arrests in Russia, says 6,440 people have been arrested during anti-war protests in different cities around the country.
“There were reports of protests and subsequent arrests in various cities in Russia. Irish citizens in Russia should be vigilant for their own safety and avoid large gatherings.
“Additionally, there are reports of banking difficulties with a number of banks in Russia, including problems with Irish bank cards and international wire transfers. The ministry spokesman said there will be more difficulties in the banking sector, especially for international banks, in the coming period.
https://www.independent.ie/news/group-of-trinity-students-in-russia-receiving-assistance-as-irish-advised-to-leave-as-quickly-as-possible-41402951.html Trinity group of students in Russia receive help on Irish advice to leave ‘as quickly as possible’