‘Stay in bunker, learn Russian phrases’: MoD points ‘survival guidelines’ for college students caught in Ukraine

Itemizing out what Indian nationals who’re caught within the battle zone in Ukraine ought to do, the Defence Ministry on Thursday issued an advisory about what to anticipate and the way they need to conduct themselves within the ongoing scenario.

The advisory talked about that the “potentially dangerous/ difficult situations to be expected” included aerial raids, assaults by drones and plane, missile assaults, artillery shelling, gunfire, bomb explosions, falling particles and collapse of buildings.

The advisory additionally talked about that they may count on lack of electrical energy, meals and ware, publicity to freezing temperatures, psychological trauma, encounter with armed fighters and lack of transportation.

Sharing some floor guidelines, it requested folks to compile and share info with different Indians, to not panic, organise themselves in small teams and have a buddy, pair system who needs to be knowledgeable always of their whereabouts.

“Make a WhatsApp group, compile details, names, addresses, mobile numbers and contact in India/Share geolocation on WhatsApp with Control Room(s) in Embassy or in New Delhi/Update information every 08 hours/Keep frequent head count (every 08 hours)/Group/Squad coordinators to report their location to Control Rooms/Helpline Numbers,” it stated.

It additionally requested folks to appoint a coordinator and a deputy, and solely they need to talk with native authorities, embassy and Indian management rooms to preserve telephone batteries.

Below “survival guidelines”, the Ministry requested folks to “keep ready a small kit of essential items on persons or at hand round the clock,” which ought to comprise passport, ID card, important medicine, life-saving medicine, torch, matchbox, lighter, candles, money, vitality bars, energy banks, water, first-aid equipment, headgear, muffler, gloves, heat jacket, heat socks and a snug pair of sneakers.

Individuals ought to “conserve and share food and water” and keep away from “full meals, eat smaller portions to extend the rations” and keep hydrated.

It additionally instructed that each group carry a white flag and be taught a number of sentences in Russian that may assist determine themselves as college students and Indians.

“Refrain from commenting on social media, don’t pick up weapons or any unexploded ammunition/shells; do not take pictures/selfies with military vehicles/troops/soldiers/check posts/militia; do not try and film live combat situations,” it added.

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