Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen today said efforts are underway to relocate 28 crew members of the abandoned Bangladeshi ship "Banglar Samriddhi" to Romania from war-ravaged Ukraine. Talking to reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he also said around 600 Bangladeshis have so far reached Poland from Ukraine – fleeing the war. In a video message earlier on Thursday, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said the Bangladeshi crew members had already been taken to a relatively safe place from the ship that came under attack – leaving its third engineer dead on Wednesday.
The ship had also been declared abandoned. The government initially tried to move the crew members to Warsaw, Poland. The sailors are also carrying with them the body of deceased Hadisur Rahman. The state minister said the government, in consultation with the Shipping Ministry, will bring back the 28 sailors along with the body of the third engineer if they can safely leave Ukraine. Bangladesh Ambassador to Poland Sultana Laila Hossain talked to the captain of the ship. The BSC ship was positioned in the inner anchorage of Olvia port (Ukraine), when Hadisur was killed due to a missile attack.