Watch: Piyush Goyal welcomes deported students from Ukraine at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday welcomed the first batch of Indian students deported from Ukraine at the Mumbai airport and said the government will not stop till they all come back home.

He further said that more evacuation flights are being operated and the second flight is likely to land in Delhi in the early hours of Sunday.

“Since the start of this crisis, our main objective was to bring back every Indian stranded in Ukraine. 219 students have arrived here. This was the first batch, the second will reach Delhi soon. We will not stop until all they are. Back home,” Goyal said.

He told the returning passengers to talk to their friends still in Ukraine and reassure them not to worry. He said, “Government is working in mission mode to ensure the safety of our citizens. PM Narendra Modi has spoken to the President of Ukraine and emphasized on the safety of Indian citizens. Russians also all Has promised to help the Indians evacuate.” ,

Piyush Goyal said, “Glad to see smiles on the faces of Indians who were safely evacuated from Ukraine at Mumbai airport”.

The Union Minister thanked Air India for its commitment to the national cause, which was greeted with applause by all the passengers returning home.

An MBBS student who returned from Ukraine said that there was some fear and panic, but he is very happy to be back in India. “I had faith in the Indian government that they would definitely bring us back to our country. There was some fear and panic, but we are very happy to be back home,” he said.

An Air India flight attendant said that when we reached Mumbai, the students jumped with joy. He said, “We are very happy to bring our students back home. The students jumped with joy after reaching here in Mumbai. Thanks to the Government of India for giving us this opportunity.”

Air India’s first evacuation flight, AIC 1944 touched down at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport at 7.50 pm. The plane, which took off from Henri Conda International Airport, Bucharest, Romania, this afternoon brought home 219 passengers, mostly students from India.

A large number of relatives of passengers going home were present at the Mumbai airport to welcome their loved ones. Meanwhile, another batch of Indian students entered Hungary from across the Zahony-Uzhhorod border from the Ukrainian side, traveling to Budapest to return to India on an Air India flight on Saturday.

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. (ANI)

First published:February 27, 2022, 1:42 am

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