Ukraine crisis: First flight with 219 Indian nationals departs from Romania

Mumbai: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar said on Saturday that the first flight to Mumbai with 219 Indian nationals departed from Romania.

Jaishankar tweeted, “With regard to evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine, we are making progress. Our teams are working round the clock. I am personally monitoring. First flight to Mumbai with 219 Indian nationals Departed from Romania. Amid the current Ukraine-Russia crisis, the Indian Embassy in Kiev has advised Indian citizens against visiting any border posts at border posts without prior coordination with government officials.

In an advisory to Indian nationals on Saturday, the embassy stressed that the situation at various border posts is sensitive and it is continuously working with embassies in neighboring countries for coordinated evacuation of our nationals.

“All Indian nationals in Ukraine are advised not to visit any border posts at the border posts without prior coordination with the officials of the Government of India and without the emergency numbers of the Embassy of India, Kiev.”

“The Embassy is finding it difficult to help Indian nationals who reach the border posts without prior notice,” it added.

The embassy advised Indians to stay in the western cities of Ukraine where water, food, housing and basic facilities are relatively safe.

According to media reports, this comes as Russian forces are advancing in Ukraine’s capital city. Media reports on Saturday said explosions were heard in parts of Kiev on Friday as Russian forces approached the city.
Video from eyewitnesses showed explosions in Ukraine’s capital city as some media reports said Ukraine and Russia are discussing a place and time for talks. (ANI)

First published:February 26, 2022, 3:30 pm

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