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India approaches Hungary for evacuation of Indian citizens from war-torn Ukraine

Indian Evacuation Drive

The safety and evacuation of around 20,000 Indian citizens is India’s immediate concern following the surprising Russian special military operation against Ukraine on Thursday. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has approached Hungary for an alternative evacuation drive following the closing of Ukrainian airspace. Taking it to Twitter, the Minister of External Affairs, Dr. S Jaishankar tweeted, “Reached out to my friend FM Péter Szijjártó of Hungary on the Ukraine evacuation. He has promised full cooperation to facilitate evacuation from Debrecen. Thank him for his understanding.” In light of the “highly uncertain” scenario, the Indian embassy in Kyiv issued a new caution, urging nationals to be cautious and avoid travel.

Due to the shutdown of Kyiv airport and Ukrainian airspace shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military campaign in support of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, the process of evacuating Indian people out of Ukraine is likely to get difficult. A special Air India flight that flew towards Kyiv from New Delhi was asked to return as Ukraine closed its airspace. Following the closing of Ukraine’s airspace, India has activated contingency preparations and begun activating alternative evacuation routes, according to people familiar with the situation.

The safety and security of Indian nationals, particularly students, is a priority for India. “We’re keeping a careful eye on the fast-changing scenario.” The control room for the external affairs ministry in New Delhi has been extended and made operating around the clock, according to one of the sources in the MEA said. The situation in Ukraine is described as “very unpredictable” in a new alert from the Indian embassy in Kyiv, which urges Indian citizens to “keep calm and remain secure wherever you are, be it at your homes, hostels, accommodations, or in transit.”

“All those who are traveling to Kyiv, including those traveling from western parts of Kyiv, are advised to return to their respective cities temporarily, especially towards safer places along with the western bordering countries,” the advisory said. Previously, Indian students were invited to travel to Kyiv on special flights operated by Air India or other airlines. The Indian side has already agreed to remove Indian ambassadors and officials’ families from Kyiv. According to the sources, more Russian-speaking employees have been dispatched to the Indian embassy in Kyiv, and others are being deployed in Ukraine’s neighboring nations. Moreover, the sources that are being acquainted with the situation said that the Indian Air Force has been placed on high alert for any eventuality.

TS Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, spoke at a special session of the United Nations Security Council soon before Russia authorized the military intervention in Ukraine, emphasizing the importance India places on the safety and return of its citizens in Ukraine. “I underline once again that more than 20,000 Indian nationals, including students, are located in different parts of Ukraine, including in its border areas. We are facilitating the return of all Indian nationals, including Indian students, as required,” he said.

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By TIS Staffer
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