REUTERS

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov has said about 10,000 Ukrainians are in China, and some of them will be evacuated if necessary.

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"Today we have about 10,000 [Ukrainian] citizens there. These are our students, these are the people who work in our consular and embassy departments, these are the people who work under contracts in China. Today we have an established contact with almost everyone, we understand where they are, in what condition they are," he told Ukrainian TV Channel 24 on Tuesday evening.

Danilov said "so far, our citizens who are in China have no problems."

According to the official, the Ukrainian authorities will consider the evacuation of part of Ukrainian citizens from China if necessary.

"I emphasize: if necessary. Now we don't see such a need," he stressed, noting the final decision on the evacuation should be made by the president of Ukraine as NSDC's head.

"Since January 20, a working group at the NSDC has been monitoring the whole world over the coronavirus outbreak. We are aware what is happening in a particular country and what measures are being taken. Today the situation is under control," Danilov added.