Foreign Secretary says 60% of Indian nationals have left Ukraine so far

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new Delhi: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday informed that 60 per cent of an estimated 20,000 Indian nationals in Ukraine have left the country since the first advisory was issued by the government.

Briefing the media about the evacuation of Indians, including students, from Ukraine in the wake of Russian military operations, he said India is deeply concerned about the situation in Kharkiv and other areas which are currently in conflict zones.

“At the time we issued our first advisory, there were an estimated 20,000 Indian nationals in Ukraine. About 12,000 have left Ukraine so far, which means 60 per cent of the people have left the country. Of the remaining 40 per cent, almost half The survivors are in the conflict zone in Kharkiv and the other half have either reached the western border of Ukraine or are moving towards the western border. They are generally outside the conflict zones,” Shringla said.

He said a high-level meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday on the situation in Ukraine.

He said, “The meeting began with expressing deep regret and condolences on the tragic death of Naveen Shekharappa, an Indian student studying in Ukraine. We are deeply concerned about the situation in Kharkiv and other regions which are currently in conflict zone. ” ,

The seventh flight carrying 182 Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine reached Mumbai from Bucharest, Romania on Tuesday under Operation Ganga. (ANI)

First published:March 1, 2022, 11:57 pm

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