Maharashtra minister Uday Samant has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to make arrangements for the safe return of 1,200 students from the state, who are currently studying in Ukraine, against which Russia has launched a military operation.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on Thursday following weeks of high tension.
Samant, who is Maharashtra’s Higher and Technical Education Minister, has made the same demand in separate letters to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar
“The lives of Indian students studying in Ukraine can be in danger given the war-like situation between Russia and Ukraine,” Samant observed in the February 23 letter.
The Maharashtra minister said students from Maharashtra are stuck in Ukraine due to the unavailability of facilities to fly back and other resources.
“The Indian government has in the past rescued Indians stranded in other countries in similar situations. Requesting you to immediately rescue Maharashtra’s 1,200 students stuck in Ukraine and instruct officials concerned to make arrangements for the students’ safe return to Maharashtra,” Samant said.
Meanwhile, a release from the Embassy of India, Kyiv has released a notice stating that since the Ukrainian airspace has been closed, special flights have been cancelled. Alternative arrangements will be made for the evacuation of Indian nationals. The release has also asked that they carry their passport and necessary documents at all times along with them.
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Ministry of External Affairs has also released some contact numbers. Indian nationals in Ukraine near the border points can contact these teams.International, News