China seeks to fly its citizens out of Ukraine

China's embassy in Ukraine said Chinese nationals could register for chartered flights to leave the eastern European country, after Russia unleashed the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two.

In a notice posted on the embassy's official WeChat account, China said travelling on the flights is up to the individual, and registrations will open until February 27.

The notice also says conditions in Ukraine have “deteriorated sharply”.

The embassy gave no details on when or from where the evacuation flights would be leaving, saying that scheduling will depend on the “flight safety situation".

There are 6,000 Chinese nationals in the Ukraine, said a spokesperson from the embassy.

Earlier this week the embassy advised Chinese nationals and businesses in Ukraine against venturing to "unstable" areas, but stopped short of telling them to consider leaving the country. (AP & Reuters)

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