Ground Report | New Delhi: Indian students problems in Ukraine; Several Indian students could not be evacuated from areas such as Kharkiv and Sumy in eastern Ukraine on Friday due to the failure to implement a safe corridor to evacuate people trapped in Ukraine between Russia and Ukraine.
According to the Telegraph India report, India has not yet agreed to Russia’s proposal to move Indian students facing ration and water shortages in conflict areas to safer places.
Russia had announced that 130 of its buses are standing at the border to evacuate foreign students, including Indians, stranded in conflict zones. On this, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said: “The buses are actually about 50-60 kilometres from where the students are. It is very difficult for them to walk here.”
“Furthermore, unless a ceasefire is enforced at the local level, there is no safe way to evacuate these students,” Bagchi said.
Colonel-General Mikhail Myzintsev, head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center, said on Thursday: “A total of 130 buses are ready to evacuate students from other countries, including Indian students, from Kharkiv and Sumy via of the Nakhotyevka and Suddha checkpoints since 6 am. “
He said that preparations have also been made for the stay and future travel of these students. This also includes sending students to India on Russian planes. “The most difficult task is to evacuate the students from the conflict areas. Once the students arrive in Russia, we will send our planes to bring them back,” Bagchi said.
Asked if there was any progress on Thursday’s announcement of a safe corridor by Ukraine’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, Bagchi said: “We have seen reports, but we have not seen anything on the ground. If it works, we will help.” .
After the second round of talks between Ukraine and Belarus, Podoliak tweeted: “There is only one solution: create humanitarian corridors.” Buses from Russia were also announced around the same time.
India has been able to arrange some buses to evacuate students who had arrived in Pisochin, declared a safe place by Russia on Wednesday. Two buses with about 40 buses left for Lviv near the Polish border on Thursday. Apart from this, three more buses were sent to the Moldovan border with approximately the same number of students on Friday.
Bagchi said that efforts are being made to organize more buses, but it is becoming difficult because most of the buses were used by the Ukrainian army. Along with this, the shortage of drivers and refuelling on buses is also a big challenge.
More than 20,000 Indians have left Ukraine since the first notice issued by the Indian government in mid-February. Of these, around 10,344 have been returned to India. The Foreign Ministry has said that 16 more planes will be dispatched in the next 24 hours and that a large number of Indians from Ukraine will be flown to India on Saturday.
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