ukraine: Ukraine disaster: Indian college students arrive at border on personal, caught | India News

It is -7 levels. I am chilly. I do not know what to do.” This message from an Indian medical student stuck in the Ukrainian border with Poland summed up the plight and desperation of hundreds like him making a perilous dash to safety, but were left stranded in the freezing cold, without shelter, food, and money, and their phones dying fast.
Their families back home insisted students hire private vehicles in Ternopil on Friday and head north because the Indian embassy told them to reach Ukraine‘s border with either Poland or Hungary as the evacuation would start there.
More followed that route and now hundreds of them remained trapped on the border on Saturday night without food, shelter and water as Ukrainian border guards were not allowing them through check points. They alleged that the guards were letting only Russian, Polish and Ukrainian citizens through the border and demanding bribes of $200 from each Indian student to make the crossing. They also alleged that Indian embassy officials were not listening to them either.
“I used to be informed to achieve the border and now these persons are not permitting us to enter. We’re at gunpoint. Police have informed us to not take any movies of the state of affairs,” stated Shubham Meshram (22) of Bhopal, who’s among the many group that travelled 12 hours from Ternopil to achieve Polish border.
“We’ll strive once more. In any other case, we’ve to return to Ternopil,” he said, pleading with the Indian government to rescue them. Families of three Haryana students trapped on the Ukraine-Poland border blamed it on the Indian embassy’s “mistaken advisory” on February 25. “The embassy stated Indians are being rescued from Ukraine by way of Poland, so they need to attain the Polish border. After this, they reached the Ukraine-Poland border by spending 600 hryvnia (about Rs 1,500) per pupil and strolling about 45 km. However now, they don’t seem to be being allowed to cross the border,” a family member said.
They said Ukraine immigration officials have turned them back, saying: “When your authorities has not cooperated with us, why ought to we cooperate with you.” Besides, passports of many students were destroyed or lost in the chaos.
Students from Kerala were stuck at Shehyni-Medyka border crossing on Saturday. “Shehyni is round 80km from Lviv. We needed to stroll round 20km to achieve right here. We went to a different checkpoint the place we have been informed that we are able to solely cross by autos.,” said Mohammed Jiad of Kalamassery. Chandramohan Nelloor, a Kerala expat in Poland, said people have been calling him from Ukraine. “A few of our college students stated once they (guards) see Indians, they’re being pushed apart.” Around eight students from Odisha boarded packed buses in Ternopil for Romania in accordance with Indian authorities’ advice.
(Inputs from Ramendra Singh in Bhopal, Kumar Mukesh in Hissar, Neel Kamal in Bathinda, Sushil Rao in Hyderabad, Naomi Canton in London and TNN Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad)

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