New Delhi, Mar 05: Russia has knowledgeable the UN Safety Council that Russian buses are prepared at crossing factors to go to the jap Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Sumy to evacuate Indian college students and different international nationals who’re stranded there, amidst the raging battle within the East European nation, PTI reported.
The 15-nation UN Safety Council held an emergency session on Friday, known as by Albania, France, Eire, Norway, the UK and the USA, following Russia’s assault on Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear energy plant, the largest in Europe.
Throughout the assembly, Russia’s Everlasting Consultant to the UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia mentioned that the Russian army is doing the whole lot to make sure the peaceable evacuation of international nationals stranded in Ukraine.
He alleged that Ukraine nationalists had been maintaining over 3,700 Indian residents “by force” in Kharkiv and Sumy cities of jap Ukraine.
“Terrorists do not let civilians leave cities. This impacts not only Ukrainians but foreigners as well. The number of foreign citizens whom Ukrainian nationals are keeping by force is shocking. Kharkiv – 3,189 nationals of India, up to 2,700 nationals of Vietnam, 202 nationals of China. Sumy – 576 nationals of India, 101 nationals of Ghana, 121 nationals of China,” Vassily Nebenzia instructed the UN Safety Council.
“In the Belgorod region of Russia, 130 comfortable buses have been waiting (and standing ready) since 6:00 am today at the crossing points ‘Nekhoteevka’ and ‘Sudja’ ready to go to Kharkiv and Sumy to evacuate the Indian students and other foreign nationals,” he mentioned.
The Russian envoy mentioned that the checkpoints are outfitted to offer momentary lodging, area for relaxation, and scorching meals. There are additionally cellular medical stations with a inventory of medicines.
“Everyone evacuated will then be taken to Belgorod, and from there transported to their homeland by air,” he mentioned.
In New Delhi, responding to reviews of Indian college students being held hostage in Ukraine, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Exterior Affairs Arindam Bagchi mentioned India has not obtained any reviews of any hostage scenario concerning Indian college students.
“We have not received any reports of any hostage situation regarding any student. We have requested support of the Ukrainian authorities in arranging special trains for taking out students from Kharkiv and neighbouring areas to the western part of the country,” Bagchi mentioned.
India has been coordinating successfully with the international locations within the area together with Russia, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. Numerous Indian nationals have been evacuated from Ukraine in the previous couple of days, he famous.
“We appreciate the help extended by the Ukrainian authorities to make this possible. We thank Ukraine’s western neighbours in receiving Indian nationals and for accommodating them while they waited for flights to take them back home,” Bagchi added.
In the meantime, throughout the Council assembly, India’s Everlasting Consultant to the UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti mentioned whereas the UN Safety Council discusses the nuclear dimension of an unfolding battle, it should acknowledge that there’s a “pressing humanitarian crisis confronting us in Ukraine, where safety and security of innocent civilians including several thousand Indian nationals, in particular, students are at stake.”
Within the first Indian casualty within the battle in Ukraine, a 21-year-old fourth-year medical pupil on the Kharkiv Nationwide Medical College Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar from Karnataka was killed in shelling in Kharkiv metropolis on Tuesday morning.
Ukraine’s Everlasting Consultant to the UN Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya instructed the Russian envoy Nebenzia to “please make an appeal to the armed forces (of Russia) to ensure a safe corridor to allow foreign students leave the areas of concern. Stop spreading the lies! You know very well what is going on there if you are indeed in contact with your capital.” Nebenzia instructed the Council that it’s not Russian troops that pose a menace to the individuals of Ukraine, however Ukrainian nationalists.
“They keep the population of some big cities as hostages, they carry out acts of sabotage and provocations…and then afterwards they attempt to blame Russia for that,” he mentioned.
Nebenzia accused Western nations of giving safety and patronage to “radicals and extremists” in Ukraine.
In an obvious reference to these nations within the Council which have abstained or not voted towards UN resolutions condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine Ambassador Kyslytsya mentioned “and still shamefully there are a handful of those around us or among us rather, who do nothing. Act now or it might be too late not only for Ukraine but for all of you.”
India abstained twice within the UN Safety Council on resolutions on Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine.
The 193-member UN Basic Meeting this week overwhelmingly voted to sentence Russian aggression towards Ukraine and demanded that Moscow “completely and unconditionally” withdraw all of its army forces from the territory of Ukraine.
India abstained on the decision, which obtained 141 votes in favour, 5 towards and a complete of 35 abstentions.
Story first revealed: Saturday, March 5, 2022, 13:37 [IST]