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"In fact, we're not planning any [new] operation to evacuate [Ukrainians from any country] except for the People's Republic of China, where the first cases were registered," Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko said on TV Ukraine 24, according to the news outlet Hromadske.Radio. "The only thing we plan is the additional evacuation of those citizens who remain in Wuhan, and we're mulling over the ways how to pick them up from there. We have different options. Seeking assistance from other countries looks most expedient right now."

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He recalled Ukraine had helped other countries with the evacuation of their citizens.

"We hope they will also help us with the evacuation of our citizens in response – there are not so many left ... We now have a European country that offers to bring our citizens from Wuhan ... We are, in principle, ready to do this in the coming days," he said.

Earlier, he said that Ukraine had no plans to close its border over the global spread of the new coronavirus.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a plane on February 20 evacuated 45 Ukrainians and 27 foreigners, including those from Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Israel, Montenegro, Panama, amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in China's Wuhan. The evacuees were placed at a health center in the town of Novi Sanzhary in Ukraine's Poltava region for 14-day observation.