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Tired smiles, victory signs on Indians’ post-midnight return from Ukraine at IAF’s Hindon base

Since the small hours of Thursday, 4 IAF aircraft have landed at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad with Indians evacuated from Ukraine as part of Operation Ganga.

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New Delhi: Tired but filled with relief, Indian nationals evacuated from war-torn Ukraine smiled and flashed the victory sign as they emerged from the Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft that ferried them back to the country late Thursday.

Since early Thursday morning, four IAF aircraft with evacuated Indians have landed at the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The IAF is conducting evacuation operations using the C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft.

India has been evacuating its citizens under ‘Operation Ganga’ through special flights from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries Romania, Hungary and Poland as the Ukrainian airspace has been shut since 24 February due to the war by Russia.

The IAF’s four evacuation flights with 798 Indians came from the Romanian capital Bucharest, Hungary’s Budapest and Polish city Rzeszow, according to the defence ministry. 

The first IAF flight carrying 200 people from Bucharest landed at 1.30 am Thursday. Union Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt greeted the students at the airbase.

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia explained that the evacuation operation is divided into four parts. “First is to bring all our students from Ukraine to neighbouring country borders; second is to enable them to cross the border into the neighbouring country,” an ANI report quoted him as saying.

“The third part is to bring them from the border of the neighbouring country to the site of embarkation for the airports, and the fourth is to evacuate them safely to India,” he added.

ThePrint’s photojournalist Suraj Singh Bisht brings glimpses from the Hindon airbase as the evacuated nationals, many of them students, disembarked from IAF aircraft after a harrowing week amid tanks and bombs.

Stranded students seen with Dog Neela upon arriving from Poland at the Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
An Indian student evacuated from war-hit Ukraine disembarks with his dog Neela at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad early Thursday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Stranded students arriving from Poland at the Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Indian students rejoice on arriving at the Hindon airbase. An IAF aircraft ferried them back to the country from Poland | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Indian nationals, evacuated from war-torn Ukraine reached Hindon air force station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Indian students smile and flash the victory sign at Hindon airbase | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Indian nationals, evacuated from war-torn Ukraine reached Hindon air force station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
The IAF used C-17 military transport aircraft to ferry Indian nationals evacuated from Ukraine | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Indian students, evacuated from Ukraine, received by MOS Ajay Bhatt on their arrival at the Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Minister of State Ajay Bhatt greets Indian students on their arrival at Hindon airbase | | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Students evacuated from Ukraine upon their arrival at the Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Students are all smiles as they arrive in India | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A C-17 Globemaster of the IAF lands at Hindon airbase with 200 Indian students evacuated from war-torn Ukraine | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A C-17 Globemaster of the IAF lands at Hindon airbase with 200 Indian students evacuated from war-torn Ukraine | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Indian students flown out of Ukraine landing at the Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A total of four IAF flights arrived at Hindon airbase early Thursday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
As part of Operation Ganga the C-17 plane carrying 200 passengers | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A total of 798 Indian nationals have been brought back by IAF flights till now | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Luggage of the Stranded students arriving from Poland at the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Luggage of the Stranded students arriving from Poland at the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint


 

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