Before the Russian attack began, Beijing ignored warnings from US intelligence services that a Russian attack on Ukraine was imminent, leaving about 6,000 of its citizens under threat.
Due to the rapid deterioration of the situation, the Chinese diplomatic mission abandoned the process of evacuating them by air directly from Ukraine, opting to transfer them by land to a third country.
“At present, most of the Chinese citizens have been evacuated,” the Chinese embassy in Ukraine said in a statement, calling on those still in Ukraine to leave “as soon as possible.”
On Saturday, the first plane carrying people returning from Romania landed in Hangzhou (east), near Shanghai.
In recent days, users of social networking sites have talked about incidents between Ukrainians and Chinese who are in Ukraine, but it was not possible to verify this.
On Tuesday, a Chinese national was shot dead while on his way to Lviv, the main city in western Ukraine near Poland.
Moscow’s ally, Beijing, has refrained from condemning Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.