Over 8,000 Indians have left Ukraine since initial advisory: MEA

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new Delhi: Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that amid Russia’s ongoing military operations in Ukraine, India has evacuated more than 8,000 civilians, as the initial advisory was issued by the country.

“Evacuation efforts on the situation in Ukraine on the ground remain complex and fluid, some of them quite worrying, but we have been able to expedite our evacuation process. More than 8,000 Indian nationals have left Ukraine since our initial advice. has been issued,” the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said while addressing the media briefing on Monday.

He also informed that six evacuation flights have landed in India to bring back around 1,400 citizens.

“Six evacuation flights are bringing back about 1,400 (1,396) citizens to India. Four flights were from Bucharest (Romania), while the other two were from Budapest (Hungary), he said.

The Ministry of External Affairs also informed that the government will send four Union ministers as four special envoys to Ukraine’s neighboring countries to rescue Indians trapped amid ongoing Russian military operations in Ukraine.

Bagchi said, “Decision to deploy special envoys in four countries bordering Ukraine. Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia will go to Romania, Kiren Rijiju will go to Slovak Republic, Hardeep Puri will go to Hungary, VK Singh will go to Poland.”

“Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and General (retd) VK Singh will travel to neighboring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation mission and help the students,” he said.

The Center has launched Operation Ganga to bring back stranded students and Indian nationals from conflict-torn Ukraine.

In addition, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine today informed that the weekend curfew in Kyiv has been lifted. The embassy said that Ukraine Railways is running special trains for evacuation and has advised all students to go to the railway station to travel to the western parts. (ANI)

First published:February 28, 2022, 6:32 pm

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