Has assisted in the evacuation of 146,000 foreign nationals since Russia’s invasion, says Ukraine

Kyiv (Ukraine): Ukraine’s government has helped some 146,000 foreign nationals leave Ukraine since Russia’s invasion, the country’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) tweeted, “Since Russia’s invasion, the Ukrainian government has helped 146K foreign nationals to leave Ukraine, encircling 20K Indian students.” It further said that Russia should immediately stop a ceasefire to open humanitarian corridors for civilians in the Ukrainian cities of Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol.

Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a telephonic conversation with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky amid the ongoing conflict with Russia and sought his government’s continued support for the evacuation of Indian nationals from Sumi.

In a phone call that lasted for about 35 minutes, Prime Minister Modi thanked Zelensky for the assistance extended by the government of Ukraine in evacuating Indian nationals from Ukraine.

The Russian military began military operations in Ukraine on 24 February, three days after Moscow recognized the separate regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, as independent republics, after “demilitarizing” and “rejecting” Ukraine. Announced for a “special military operation”. (ANI)

First published:March 8, 2022, 2:01 am

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