Air Peace has left for Warsaw, Poland to evacuate Nigerians fleeing from Ukraine following its invasion by Russia.

It was gathered that a Boeing aircraft belonging to Air Peace left Nigeria for the East European country on Thursday.

The carrier said it would be evacuating the first batch of Nigerians since the war broke out.

Recall that the federal government engaged the airline and Max Air to airlift 5, 000 Nigerian nationals from Ukraine’s neighbours including Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.

Air Peace was granted approval to airlift 364 from Poland and 360 from Hungary.

Meanwhile, the federal government said the first batch of evacuees will arrive in Nigeria on Thursday.

Giving an update on the development, Aduda said in a statement that a total of 2,090 Nigerians from Ukraine had been received by embassies in Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

“Furtherance to our efforts to evacuate Nigerians from the neighbouring countries surrounding Ukraine, we can confirm that chartered flights will depart on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 to pick up Nigerian evacuees back home.

“So far, we have the following records of evacuees received by Nigerian embassies at Hungary (650 persons), Poland (350 persons), Romania (940 persons) and Slovakia (150 persons).

“The capacity and route of the airlines are as follows: Max Air to Romania, 560 persons; Air Peace to Poland, 364 persons; and Air Peace to Hungary, 360 persons.

“The first batch of evacuees is expected to arrive Nigeria on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

“Once again, we assure Nigerians that we are working round the clock to see that our citizens are brought back home safely,” he said.