Russia-Ukraine War: Expat Ukrainians in Bangladesh want a quick end to the war
Dhaka, March 2: Aksana Lapikawakabir, a citizen of Ukraine, has been living in Dhaka for the last 20 years. However, her relatives all live in Ukraine. After the Russian invasion of the country, Aksana is worried about the safety of her relatives. She said in broken Bengali, we do not want war, we want peace. I want this war to end as soon as possible.
She made the remarks at a rally in front of the National Press Club on Wednesday (March 2nd) under the banner "No to War, Peace in Ukraine".
Aksana Lapikawakabir said: "My mother, younger sister and her children live in Ukraine. Now I am talking on the phone regularly with my mother and sister. But they are in a lot of trouble. My mother is 72 years old. She is afraid to leave the house. She can't go shopping in the supermarket. There is a shortage of food, there is scarcity."
"No sane person can accept what is happening in Ukraine," she said. "We do not want war, we want peace. I want security for my citizens. Any problem can be solved without war."
At that time, the citizens of Ukraine living in Bangladesh demanded an end to the war. "We cannot return to Ukraine because of the war," they said. Their family members in Ukraine are in danger. They also said that some people have to hide.
Saiful Islam, a Bangladeshi expatriate from Ukraine, said in the human chain, "I have been living in Ukraine for 24 years. I am also a citizen of Ukraine. I came to visit Bangladesh on December 30 last year. Today (March 2) I had a flight back to Ukraine. However, I could not go because of the war situation."
Gauchul Islam Shahed, another Ukrainian expatriate, said, 'I do business there. I came to Bangladesh on December 19. I am scheduled to return to Ukraine on March 10, and I have a ticket. But I can't go because of the war situation. My wife and daughter are in Ukraine. I am very worried about my family."