After the Russian invasion, Ukraine's airspace was closed, and India is now looking for alternative methods to remove its residents from the war-torn country. The Ministry of External Affairs is conducting a high-level meeting, according to sources, to discuss measures to rescue hundreds of Indians stranded in Ukraine.
An Air India flight scheduled to pick up Indian nationals from Ukraine was forced to return to Delhi mid-flight due to the closure of the airspace. More Russian-speaking personnel have been dispatched to the Indian Embassy in Ukraine, according to Ministry of External Affairs sources, and Indian officials are also being deployed in Ukraine's surrounding nations.
The Indian Embassy has also released several guidelines for Indian students and citizens in Ukraine. Indian citizens are also prohibited from visiting Kyiv, according to the Indian embassy. They have also been advised to relocate to safer areas in their cities, particularly near the western border.
The Indian government, according to insiders, is keeping an eye on the swiftly shifting situations. The government is concerned about the safety of Indians, particularly students.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on Ukraine, India has warned that if the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is not resolved, it will escalate into a huge crisis. This could lead to a lot of unrest in the region. TS Tirumurti, India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, stated that the current situation is on the verge of becoming a serious crisis.
Tirumurti voiced significant concern about recent events, saying that if they were not handled correctly, the region's peace and security could be jeopardized. India demanded an immediate de-escalation of tensions and a halt to any actions that could exacerbate the situation.
Tirumurti said the only option is continual diplomatic communication, emphasizing the importance of all parties maintaining peace and security while exercising patience. He stated that India is assisting its residents in various parts of Ukraine in returning home via special planes.
The Indian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine's capital has issued an advisory stating that the situation in Ukraine is unpredictable. Stay calm and stay in your homes, hostels, and on the highways. Simultaneously, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs' control room is being extended, and the control room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Indian Embassy in Ukraine had previously requested that Indian students should temporarily leave the country.
In Ukraine, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has established a control room. In the event of an emergency, Indian citizens and their families in Ukraine can contact these numbers and email addresses for assistance and information. They can dial 1800118797, which is a toll-free number. These phone numbers can also be called. +91 11 23012113 / +91 11 23014104 / +91 11 23017905 –
Fax Service Number: +91 11 23088124 –
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Currently, 16000 Indians are trapped in Ukraine, according to the Foreign Secretary. After multiple advisories were issued, 4,000 individuals departed Ukraine. The majority of those who are stranded are medical students. Despite multiple recommendations being issued owing to different problems, including off-line study, the foreign secretary stated that these students did not leave Ukraine.
PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke late last night about a variety of topics, including the safe return of stranded citizens. According to sources, the main topic of discussion was the safety and safe return of Indians stranded in Ukraine. The details of the talks between the two presidents, however, were not made public until the news was written.