Total Evacuation Difficult in Absence of Temp Ceasefire in Ukraine-Russia War
Last updated on October 26th, 2022 at 10:20 am
Ukraine -As India’s Operation Ganga comes to its decisive stage in evacuating its own from war torn Ukraine, some 1000 students still remain stranded in the various cities of Ukraine.
According to estimates, some 300 in Kharkiv and over 700 in Sumy have not been able to find an escape route. Last week, PM Narendra Modi had a conversation with the much-talked-about Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The intend was to ask for a human buffer to evacuate stuck Indian students. Millions of Indian students have been visiting Ukraine to study medicine in the last few years.
Some students have been gravely injured while escaping and remain stuck in Ukrainian hospitals. According to MEA, most Indian embassy officials have shifted to Lviv near the border with Poland and the location of others remains “dynamic”. “It’s not easy to re-enter the city,’’ he added.
There is an urgent plea for local ceasefire in order students can be made to travel in buses through the various nearby countries for later airlift by the various Indian commissioned airplanes. It is unsafe as of now for students to travel from warzones to these pickup points that are around the eastern Ukraine border.
While Russia and Ukraine were reported to have agreed in their talks early this week for a humanitarian corridor, the government said it had heard nothing about the implementation of the proposal. The same can be said about the talk between Ukraine and Russia for their own to be also evacuated.
The government again denied that any Indian student in Ukraine had been taken hostage. Following the earlier claims by Russia that Indian students had been taken hostage and were being used as human shields by Ukraine forces, President Vladimir Putin was again quoted as saying that 3000 Indian students were being held hostage in Kharkiv.