The Russian military’s cluster bombardment of Kharkiv’s residential areas has heightened the Indian government’s anxieties, since almost 2500 Indian students are stuck in the warzone of Ukraine’s second largest city.
The news: Amid the chaos, on Tuesday, the seventh Operation Ganga flight, carrying 182 Indian nationals stuck in Ukraine, arrived in Mumbai from Bucharest, Romania. At the Mumbai airport, Union Minister Narayan Rane met with the Indian students.
What’s going on: Following the closing of Ukraine’s airspace, India is aiding the evacuation of its citizens stranded in the east European country under mission ‘Ganga’ through its land border crossings with Romania, Hungary, and Poland.
- The Modi government has dispatched four senior ministers to assist in the evacuation process in countries bordering Ukraine; Indian diplomats from all around India’s missions in Europe are also being pressed to assist.
- According to authorities, the Prime Minister has been informed that approximately 1,400 Indian citizens have come from Ukraine through six planes from Budapest (Hungary) and Bucharest (Romania).
- Modi was also informed that a new exit route through Moldova has been identified, and that adequate arrangements are being made by the Indian Embassy in Romania to facilitate Indian access into the nation.