As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia intensifies, Ukraine has closed its airspace leaving 1000’s of Indian nationals stranded within the former USSR territory. While the federal government of India initiated an evacuation drive sending Air India flights to Kyiv, capital of Ukraine and saying further flights from Ukraine within the coming days, the air strikes by Russia prompted the Ukrainian authorities to shut its airspace.
Now India is planning an evacuation of the Indian residents by various routes. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday mentioned that groups are being despatched to the land borders with Ukraine in Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic and Romania to help the evacuation of Indian nationals.
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“To assist in the evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine, MEA Teams from @IndiaInHungary, @IndiainPoland, @IndiaInSlovakia and @eoiromania are on their way to the adjoining land borders with Ukraine,” mentioned Arindam Bagchi spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. Indian nationals in Ukraine close to the border factors can contact the next groups:
Zahony border submit reverse Uzhhorod in Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine
S Ramji, (Mobile: +36305199944, Whatsapp: +917395983990)
Ankur (Mobile and Whatsapp: +36308644597)
Mohit Nagpal (Mobile: +36302286566, Whatsapp: +918950493059)
Krakowiec land border with Ukraine
Pankaj Garg (Mobile: +48660460814 / +48606700105)
Manoj Kumar (Mobile: +421908025212)
Vysne Nemecke land border with Ukraine
Ivan Kozinka (Mobile: +421908458724)
Suceava land border with Ukraine
Gaushul Ansari (Mobile: +40731347728)
Uddeshya Priyadarshi (Mobile: +40724382287)
Andra Harionov (Mobile: +40763528454)
Marius Sima (Mobile: +40722220823)
“Indian nationals in Ukraine near the above border points can contact the above teams in case they wish to depart Ukraine,” mentioned MEA in an announcement. Partha Satpathy, Ambassador of India in Ukraine, mentioned that the Embassy of India in Kiev will proceed to function until each Indian is evacuated.
“The Embassy of India in Kiev continues to operate round the clock 24X7. Today morning we woke up with the news that Kiev is under attack, the whole of Ukraine is under attack. This has generated a lot of anxiety, uncertainty, and created tension . I would like to assure all of you that the Embassy of India continues to operate around the clock looking out for the safety and security of Indians here,” he mentioned.
The Embassy of India in Ukraine accommodated greater than 200 Indian college students at a college close to the Embassy in Kiev.
With inputs from IANS