Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialed Russian president Vladimir Putin right now, interesting for an instantaneous finish to the violence in Ukraine that began this morning. The dialog got here hours after Ukraine’s pressing attraction to India for intervention. An announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office mentioned PM Modi known as for “concerted efforts from all sides to return to the path of diplomatic negotiations and dialogue”.
He reiterated his “long-standing conviction that the differences between Russia and the NATO group can only be resolved through honest and sincere dialogue,” the assertion learn.
President Putin had briefed PM Modi concerning the current developments concerning Ukraine.
The Prime Minister additionally mentioned India’s issues concerning the protection of Indian residents in Ukraine, particularly college students. India, he mentioned, attaches the best precedence to their secure exit and return.
“The leaders agreed that their officials and diplomatic teams would continue to maintain regular contacts on issues of topical interest,” the assertion added.
Russia began navy operations towards Ukraine this morning after months of pressure over the previous Soviet republic’s proximity to NATO.
Tanks and different heavy tools rolled into a number of northern areas of Ukraine, separatist managed areas within the east which Russia has formally acknowledged as impartial nations and the Kremlin-annexed peninsula of Crimea within the south.
Through the day, Russian missiles had rained on a number of cities. The Russian Defense Ministry mentioned it destroyed 74 above-ground navy infrastructure amenities in Ukraine, together with 11 aerodromes. Ukraine mentioned Russia had carried out 203 assaults for the reason that day started.
At least 68 folks — troopers and civilians — had been killed, based on an AFP tally from varied Ukrainian official sources.
Mr Putin, who earlier claimed that Ukraine is a puppet of the West, right now informed his nation’s enterprise representatives, “what was happening left us with no choice”.
In the afternoon, Ukraine Envoy Igor Polikha had sought India’s intervention right now, saying, the “stature of Modi-ji makes me hopeful, that with Modi ji’s strong voice, Putin will think”.
This night, PM Modi held a gathering together with his prime ministers, the place he underscored the necessity to concentrate on bringing the Indian nationals residence safely.
“At the CCS meeting, PM Modi has stated that the topmost priority of the government is the safety and security of Indian nationals including students in Ukraine,” mentioned Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.