“Stay Inside,” Says India To Sumy Students Over SOS Video

New Delhi: India’s foreign ministry today said, it has made a strong appeal to the Ukrainian and Russian governments via multiple channels to ceasefire, for creating a safe corridor for its stranded students amid war in Ukraine. Ministry has stated that Indian Embassy and ministry are in constant touch with the stranded students who have posted desperate and emotional pleas, appealing evacuation from the conflict-stricken region.

“Have advised our students to take safety precautions, stay inside shelters and avoid unnecessary risks,” said Arindam Bagchi, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.

This comes soon after the students stuck at the Sumy University posted a video that they have they have decided to take a risky journey to the Russian border that’s 50 kilometres away. Stating the video to be the last one being posted from Sumy University, they have stated that the Indian government and Indian Embassy will be responsible for any mishap. 

However, the students after embassy contacted them, have decided not to leave .

In the video which students shot at the Sumy University’s campus, a large group of students could be seen standing in the snow, packed and ready to leave. They were holding Indian Tricolor. 

“Since morning, we have been constantly listening to bombarding, shelling and street fights. We are afraid, we have waited a lot and we can’t wait anymore. We are risking our lives and moving towards the border. If anything happens to us, all the responsibility will be of the government and the Indian embassy. If anything happens to anyone, Mission Ganga will be the biggest failure,” one of the students says in the video.

“Please pray for us…This is our last video,” another student adds.

Over 700 students of Sumy university are still stranded at Ukraine, and are appealing for help. Sumy University is located just 50 kms away from the Russian Borders. They are saying that if government cannot evacuate them, the Operation Ganga will be a big failure. The students stuck at the university are fearing for their lives, as they have witnessed a massive blast near their hostel. 

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