Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Indian students stranded in Ukraine warn GoI

Around 600 students who were stuck in Sumy, the north eastern state of Ukraine, have made another video saying if anything happens to them, the government will be responsible.
All the students are of Sumy Medical University, presently living amidst shelling and bombings in war zone area.
“Today is the tenth day of war. We have come to know that Russia has announced ceasefire to open corridor of border of two cities, one of them is Mariupol which is 600 km from here. Since morning we are hearing sounds of airjets, bombing and street fights. We have waited for long and can’t wait any more. We are risking our lives, we are moving towards borders, if anything happens to us, the government should be held accountable,” said the students in the video sent to IANS.
They said it was the last video made by them as they started walking towards borders risking their lives amid heavy shelling.
“As Russia has opened border, we are moving, just pray for us, we need our government right now,” the students said and started chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’.
The students have no water, food and anything which they need to survive. They made several requests but no help reached them.
Even on Friday they sent a few video to IANS naratting their ordeal.
Now chanting Bharat Mata ki jai and putting their lives at risk they have moved towards border in hope of life. They have belief that they will make it to the country safe and sound.

11 flights to bring back over 2,200 Indians today
Eleven flights with more than 2,200 Indian evacuees will operate from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries to India on Sunday, the Civil Aviation Ministry said.
About 3,000 Indians were airlifted on 15 flights to India on Saturday, the ministry’s statement noted.
“These included 12 special civilian and 3 Indian Air Force (IAF) flights,” it added. The Ukrainian airspace has been shut since February 24 due to the ongoing Russian military offensive against it. Indian citizens who were stuck in Ukraine are being airlifted via its neighbouring countries such as Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. The IAF is conducting its flights using C-17 military transport planes. The civilian flight are being operated by Indian carriers such as IndiGo, Air India, Vistara and SpiceJet.
“Today’s (Saturday’s) civilian flights included five from Budapest (Hungary), four from Suceva (Romania), one from Kosice (Slovakia) and two from Rzeszow (Poland),” the ministry said. Tomorrow, 11 special flights are expected to operate from Budapest, Kosice, Rzeszow and Bucharest, bringing more than 2,200 Indians back home, it noted.

Ceasefire raises hopes to bring Naveen’s mortal remains: Karnataka CM
Karnataka Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said that the ceasefire announcement by Russia has raised hopes to bring the mortal remains of Naveen Gyangoudar, who was killed in shelling in the city of Kharkiv. Bommai visited the family of Naveen Gyangoudar, at his village in Haveri district. Naveen, a medical student, is the first casualty of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
The Chief Minister paid his respects to the deceased, and spent time with the family and consoled them. He also handed over a cheque of Rs 25 lakh to Naveen’s father.
The Chief Minister reiterated that the state government is making all efforts to bring back Naveen’s mortal remains from Ukraine.
“I have been in constant touch with the MEA and authorities in Delhi as well as the Ukrainian ambassador. I have been told that his body has been embalmed and kept in a mortuary. But taking it out of the country was difficult because of the fighting. However, with the ceasefire announcement, it may be possible to get back his body. I will follow up on the issue.” Bommai said. Naveen lost his life on March 1 and his distraught family has been beseeching the authorities to retrieve his body for conducting the last rites.

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