60% of Indians evacuated from Ukraine, says Foreign Minister

12,000 Indian students, who make up 60% of the total number of Indians in the war-torn country, have left Ukraine, the foreign minister said. The official also told today’s press conference that the remaining 8,000 students are already on their way to neighboring European countries.

According to the briefing, 7,500 Indian nationals have already crossed into Ukraine via Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova.

Thousands of Indians, mostly students, have found themselves trapped in a conflict zone after Russia invaded Ukraine last week after months of preparation amid warnings from around the world.

India has also called on Russia and Ukraine to urgently grant safe passage to Indian nationals trapped in the conflict-affected area.

According to the official, in the current situation, the Indian Embassy’s top priority will be the evacuation of its citizens from Kharkiv, as the largest city in Ukraine is experiencing a high-intensity conflict after the failure of the first Russian attempt. to capture the second- largest city in the country.

India has also made arrangements to set up its embassy in Lviv to coordinate the ongoing evacuation process. Arrangements were made to evacuate the Indians in the next few days using 26 scheduled flights. In addition, an IAF C-17 aircraft will depart for Romania tomorrow morning to evacuate citizens.

Apart from rescuing its own citizens, India will also send a consignment consisting of medical aid and resources to Ukraine via Poland.


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