Monday, March 27, 2023
HomeDiplomacy'Remain safe wherever you are': Indian nationals in Ukraine advised by embassy

‘Remain safe wherever you are’: Indian nationals in Ukraine advised by embassy

The MEA said the present situation in Ukraine is 'highly uncertain' and urged Indians to maintain calm and remain safe, "be it in homes, hostels, accommodations or in transit".

Text Size:

New Delhi: As Russian forces attacked targets across Ukraine, the Indian Embassy in Kyiv Thursday issued an advisory to Indians in Ukraine, asking them to ‘maintain calm and remain safe’.

“The present situation in Ukraine is highly uncertain. Please maintain calm and remain safe wherever you are, be it in your homes, hostels, accommodations or in transit,” the embassy said in a statement. 

The Embassy further asked those traveling to Kyiv to return to their respective cities, especially “towards safe places along the western bordering countries”.

“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 safe places along the western bordering countries, ” the advisory said.

In another advisory, the Embassy said that it continues to remain open and operate in Kyiv. “The Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs and the Embassy of India are seized of the situation and are working on a mission mode to find a solution to this difficult situation,” the Embassy’s statement noted.

A third advisory was issued for all Indian nationals by the Embassy that said arrangements are being made for stranded students in Kyiv.

India is looking at ways to assist its nationals, especially students, in Ukraine amid fears of a larger conflict after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation against the eastern European country.

Official sources said India is closely monitoring the “rapidly changing” situation in Ukraine and how to assist the Indians in that country.

“Focus is on the safety and security of Indians, particularly students,” PTI reported, quoting a source. 

It said the control room set by the Ministry of External Affairs a few days back is being expanded and made operational on a 24×7 basis.

There is no possibility of sending a special aircraft to Ukraine to evacuate the Indians including the Indian embassy staff as the airspace of Ukraine has been closed.

Ukraine closed its airspace to civilian flights in view of high risk to safety. As per estimates, over 15,000 Indians are currently staying in Ukraine.

Also read: ‘Under attack,’ says Ukraine as Russia targets country’s military infrastructure


Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Support Our Journalism

India needs fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism, packed with on-ground reporting. ThePrint – with exceptional reporters, columnists and editors – is doing just that.

Sustaining this needs support from wonderful readers like you.

Whether you live in India or overseas, you can take a paid subscription by clicking here.

Support Our Journalism

Most Popular