The following article and pictures were provided by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Seoul for publication by The Korea Post media, publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean-language news publications since 1985.—Ed.
Since the beginning of the evacuation of citizens of Uzbekistan from Ukraine through the territory of Poland to Uzbekistan, 10 planes have already taken off, which took out 2,374 people.
At 15:00 local time (19:00 in Tashkent) on March 3, about 500 citizens of Uzbekistan wishing to fly to their homeland are at the collection point of the Karchova checkpoint.
Employees of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Poland are at the Karchova checkpoint (accumulation points) and at the airport of Katowice for six days around the clock.
Due to the fact that the management of the Karchova checkpoint asks to gradually empty the collection point due to a large number of refugees, including from other countries, citizens of Uzbekistan are regularly transported by bus from the storage facility to the Katowice airport (360 kilometers), in order to ensure their timely landing on the next special flights.
The Katowice airport is overcrowded. At the request of the Embassy, the city hall organized an orderly passage to the airport building and registration of passengers. The order is controlled by the police and local volunteers. Special corridors have been created for women with children and the elderly. All citizens are served on the basis of pre-prepared lists.
Despite the measures taken by Uzbek diplomats and the authorities of the Polish city to ensure the uninterrupted and orderly evacuation of our citizens, there are some problems associated with subjective factors. Being tired and depressed, the evacuees tend to take the next flight, which leads to a violation of the registration procedure. When boarding, priority is given to women, the elderly and children, which causes discontent among the main group of citizens, including students.
Employees of diplomatic mission of Uzbekistan are taking all measures to defuse the situation. At the request of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Poland, hot meals were organized at the airport only for Uzbeks. Near the airport, three cars are constantly on duty to provide emergency medical care. The airport management has allocated special facilities for the rest of mothers with children. For the entire period of evacuation, citizens of Uzbekistan, for various reasons, who do not have the necessary documents with them, were issued more than 240 return certificates.