About 150 Ukrainian tourists stage anti-war protest in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Ukrainian tourists staged an anti-war protest outside Russia's embassy in Sri Lanka on Monday, and the country's tourism minister said the government would consider visa extensions for visitors from Ukraine.

There are nearly 4,000 Ukrainians in Sri Lanka, which is desperate to attract tourists to offset a growing domestic economic crisis, Tourism Minster Prasanna Ranatunge said. read more

"I will be presenting a note to the cabinet meeting asking for their visas to be extended," Ranatunge told Reuters. Flights in and out of Ukraine have been stalled after Ukrainian airspace closed to civilian users since last week.

Holding balloons in their country's national colours and hand-written posters, about 150 Ukrainians gathered outside the Russian embassy in Sri Lanka's main city of Colombo.