PM Modi Speaks To Ukraine President, Thanks Him For Facilitating Evacuation Of Indian Students

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky amid ongoing conflict between the European country and its neighbour Russia. This is the second telephonic call between the Indian Prime Minister and Ukrainian President since the war started 11 days ago. 

On today’s call, according to the PMO’s release, President Zelenskyy briefed the Prime Minister in detail about the conflict situation and the ongoing negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. Prime Minister expressed deep concern about the ongoing conflict and resultant humanitarian crisis. Prime Minister reiterated his call for immediate cessation of violence and noted that India has always stood for peaceful resolution of issues and direct dialogue between the two parties.

PM Modi also thanked Ukrainian authorities for their facilitation in evacuating more than 20000 Indian citizens from Ukraine. He expressed deep concern for safety and security of Indian students still remaining in Ukraine and emphasized the need for their quick and safe evacuation.

Before this, PM Modi had spoken with President Putin twice, since the war broke out.

PM Modi had last spoken with President Zelensky, on February 26. That conversation followed India’s abstention from a UN vote to condemn Russia’s aggression.

India is trying its best to evacuate hundreds of students stuck in the war zone. New Delhi has been appealing Moscow to impose ceasefire, to enable the evacuation of Indian students trapped after Russian troops invaded Ukraine in late February.

Yesterday the students stuck in the Sumy university, were told by the Indian Embassy ‘to be ready to leave on a short notice’. At Poltava a team of officials was arranged, to coordinate the safe passage of the students. 

The students had shared a video, stating that they will be risking their lives and will be travelling to the Russian border. However, after coming in contact with government, they decided to take their advise and stay back. 

Evacuation from the warzone has been a huge challenge for Indian authorities, with students struggling in the bitter cold amid depleting food supplies and drinking water.

India has brought back over 15,920 of its nationals in 76 flights under mission “Operation Ganga” which was launched on February 26.

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