kharkiv: PM Modi talks to Putin about Kharkiv; Russia claims college students held hostage by Ukrainians

NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday and sought Russian help within the evacuation of Indian nationals from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest metropolis, which has been ravaged by Moscow’s army offensive . “The leaders reviewed the situation in Ukraine, especially in the city of Kharkiv where many Indian students are stuck. They discussed safe evacuation of the Indian nationals from the conflict areas,” an official assertion mentioned.
There have been stories that feminine Indian college students had been evacuated from Kharkiv and efforts are being made to tug out the male college students.
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Forward of the upcoming fall of Kharkiv, Moscow on Wednesday requested India to relocate Indian college students holed up within the metropolis. Based mostly on inputs from Russia, the federal government requested Indian college students in two successive pressing advisories, citing the deteriorating safety scenario, to maneuver instantly, and even on foot, to Pesochyn, Babaye and Bezliudivka, three settlements situated at a distance of 11 to 16 km from Kharkiv.
It’s understood that Russian forces is not going to goal these settlements at the same time as they additional intensify their offensive in Kharkiv. The Indian embassy requested college students to proceed on foot, in case they had been unable to search out any car, and attain these settlements by 6 pm native time. The settlements are situated to the speedy south and southwest of Kharkiv.
Whereas Putin burdened that his nation was working to make sure the evacuation of scholars by way of the shortest path to Russia, the Russian aspect additionally claimed that the scholars had been taken hostage by Ukrainian forces, who had been utilizing them as human shields and stopping them from travelling to Belgorod in Russia. The Russian defence ministry went on to say that Russian forces had been able to ship college students dwelling from Russian territory in their very own army transport planes.
Kharkiv is the place nearly all of 3,000 Indian college students nonetheless in Ukraine had been based mostly till Wednesday night. MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned 17,000 of the 20,000 Indians in Ukraine had managed to depart the war-torn nation until now.

The official mentioned whereas the scenario in japanese Ukraine remained of concern, there have been encouraging indicators like many college students managing to depart Kharkiv on trains on Tuesday night time and Wednesday morning. He mentioned a “substantial segment” of the Indian embassy in Kyiv was working from a brand new workplace in Lviv close to the border with Poland. The situation of the remaining section, based on Bagchi, is dynamic and that these officers may go to japanese Ukraine to assist Indian college students.

Bagchi mentioned the IAF has joined “Operation Ganga”, and the primary C-17 flight from Bucharest was anticipated to return to Delhi late Wednesday night time. “Three more IAF flights will be undertaken today (Wednesday), from Budapest, Rzeszow and Bucharest,” he mentioned.
“Humanitarian aid in the form of medicines, medical equipment, tents, blankets, solar lamps and other material is being sent to Ukraine in tranches. The first tranche weighing 2 tonnes comprising medicines was sent on March 1 through Poland and 3 more tranches (tents, blankets, sleeping mats etc – 16 x 2 tonnes) were sent on March 2 (by IAF flight) through Romania and Poland,” he added.

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