About 4,000 Tajik nationals live in Ukraine, excluding former Tajik nationals who accepted Ukrainian citizenship, Tajikistan Ambassador to Ukraine Davlat Nazrizoda told Asia-Plus in an interview.

According to him, most Tajiks living in Ukraine are labor migrants working in the agrarian and construction sectors as well as in commerce. 

“A total number of Tajik students studying in Ukraine is 101 people.  They are studying at universities in Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov, Dnepr, Poltava and some other cities,” Ambassador Nazrizoda noted.

In connection with situation that has developed in Ukraine, Tajikistan’s diplomatic mission in Kiev has switched to 24/7 operation, the ambassador said, adding that a 24-hour hotline -- +380933361040 – now operates for nationals of Tajikistan.

Tajikistan’s Embassy in Kiev is reportedly drawing up the list of our citizens wishing to leave Ukraine and considering the issue of evacuation of Tajik nationals from Ukraine in case of necessity.

“Citizens' appeals have begun almost from the beginning of the military operation.  Today, some our nationals move to Lvov and other cities of western Ukraine, where is safer.  Our citizens also freely go to Moldova.  Besides, today there is an opportunity to go to Romania without a visa, and from there fly to other countries by plane, for example to Turkey, and from there to Dushanbe,” Mr. Nazrizoda said.