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Lapid condemns ‘Russian attack on Ukraine,’ tells Israelis to head to land crossings

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid makes a public statement on the Russia-Ukraine crisis at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on February 24, 2022. (Lazar Berman)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid makes a public statement on the Russia-Ukraine crisis at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on February 24, 2022. (Lazar Berman)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid condemns the “Russian attack on Ukraine” in Israel’s first public criticism of Moscow during this conflict. He adds that Israel has good relations with both Ukraine and Russia.

Going further than a Foreign Ministry statement yesterday, Lapid says “the Russian attack on Ukraine is a serious violation of the international order. Israel condemns that attack, and is ready and prepared to offer humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian citizens.”

Israel did not notify Russia ahead of the condemnation, The Times of Israel has learned.

Lapid again calls for all Israelis to leave Ukraine, warning that there is already movement of refugees toward the west in Ukraine. He emphasizes that Israeli representatives are at the land crossings with the five countries bordering Ukraine to the west.

The border crossings the Foreign Ministry has identified through which Israelis can leave Ukraine by land are Medyka in Poland, Vysne Nemescke in Slovakia, Zahony in Hungary, Siret in Romania, and Palanca in Moldova.

Israel’s assessment is that there will be 5 million refugees from Ukraine, The Times of Israel has learned. Israel’s diplomats have done PCR tests in order to be ready to leave if need be.

While there are no plans for Israeli diplomats to leave Lviv and head to Poland at this time, there is a plan in place if necessary.

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