DFA declares crisis alert level 2 for Ukraine

Manila, Philippines - Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario today, March 4, 2014 declared crisis alert level 2 (restriction phase) for Ukraine in view of ongoing tensions in that country.

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Tension in Ukrain | Photo Credit: dailymail.co.uk

Filipinos in Ukraine are advised to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, closely monitor developments, and prepare for possible evacuation.

Del Rosario also said that a 5-member rapid response team composing of personnel from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Office of the President (OP), Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to leave for Ukraine soon to check on Filipinos there.

In the statement of DFA, it says that the Philippines expresses its deep concerns regarding developments in Ukraine and calls on all parties to exercise restraint, not to escalate through the use of force, and follow obligations under international law.

The Crimean crisis is a regional and international diplomatic crisis unfolding in the region of Crimea, Ukraine. It began in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, in which the government of President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by a popular revolt in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

Some ethnic Russian groups staged protests, opposing the events in Kiev and wanting closer ties or integration with Russia, in addition to expanded autonomy or possible independence for Crimea. Other groups, predominantly consisting of Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians, demonstrated support for the revolution. The deposed Yanukovych fled to Russia, and covertly called for Russian armed forces to intervene and secure 'law and order' in Ukraine, specifically Crimea.

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