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Russia-Ukraine ceasefire: many Indian students still stuck in Ukraine

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Ground Report | New Delhi: Russia-Ukraine ceasefire; Russia and Ukraine announced a ceasefire on Saturday and agreed to build a Mariupol-Volnovakha humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians. But the Indians trapped in eastern Ukraine cannot use these exit routes.

Ukraine has said that Russia has violated the agreement and that continued attacks have made it impossible to open a safe human corridor to evacuate civilians. According to the newspaper, some Indians can only move to western Ukraine, while they cannot reach the eastern border with Russia.

Here in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting to review the situation in Ukraine and the ongoing rescue work from there.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that apart from Sum and Pesochin, there are no more Indians left in other parts of Ukraine. He said: “In recent days, almost all Indians have left Kharkiv, which has become the cause of greatest concern.”

The Indian embassy in Ukraine said: “All Indian citizens have been evacuated from Pisochin. We will be in contact with them during their visit. Their safety has always been our priority.”

Earlier, a Foreign Ministry spokesman had said: “A few hours ago, there were less than 289 students in Pisochin who had to be evacuated. We expect Ravivac to complete this work. From there, buses will take the students.” “He’s already gone. The rest of the students will come in five buses. We’ll get everyone out in a few hours.”

Bagchi said, 15 planes carrying 2,900 people arrived in India in the last 24 hours. So far, some 13,300 people have been flown to India on 63 flights under Operation Ganga. In the next 24 hours, 13 more flights will arrive in India, one of which is also an Air Force plane.

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Bagchi said: “We are deeply concerned about the Indian students trapped in Sumi, Ukraine. We have put a lot of pressure on the government of Russia and Ukraine through different means to immediately implement the ceasefire and create safe corridors for students. Students have been asked to take all safety measures, stay in shelters and avoid unnecessary risks. The ministry and the embassy are in constant contact with the students.”

He said: “Now our goal is to evacuate the students from Sumi, which is on the northeast border with Russia. We are exploring various options to evacuate the students. But the biggest challenge is the continuous shelling, violence and vehicles there. “. “The shortage persists. I think that a greater challenge than the vehicles is to find a safe path for the students. For this, we are in contact with the corresponding authorities.”

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