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'Strongly pressing Russian, Ukrainian govts': MEA on evacuating Indian students in Sumy

The mission said it is in touch with all interlocutors concerned, including the Red Cross, to identify the exit routes to take out the Indians.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: March 05, 2022 15:54 IST
Russia-Ukraine War: Exploring all possible ways to evacuate
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Russia-Ukraine War: Exploring all possible ways to evacuate Indians from Sumy, says Indian Embassy

The Indian embassy in Ukraine on Saturday said it is exploring all possible ways to safely evacuate the Indian nationals from eastern Ukranian city of Sumy. The mission said it is in touch with all interlocutors concerned, including the Red Cross, to identify the exit routes to take out the Indians. 

"Exploring all possible mechanisms to evacuate Indian citizens in Sumy, safely & securely. Discussed evacuation & identification of exit routes with all interlocutors including Red Cross," the embassy tweeted.

India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)'s spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Saturday also said on Twitter, "We are deeply concerned about Indian students in Sumy, Ukraine. Have strongly pressed Russian and Ukrainian governments through multiple channels for an immediate ceasefire to create a safe corridor for our students." Sumy is one of the conflict zones witnessing intense fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

"Control room will continue to be active until all our citizens are evacuated. Be Safe Be Strong," it said.

Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said on Friday that around 700 Indians are stranded in Sumy.

At a media briefing, Bagchi also urged both the Ukrainian and Russian sides to put in place a "local ceasefire" for evacuation of Indians from the conflict zones including Kharkiv and Sumy.

He said India is primarily focusing on evacuating its nationals out of the conflict zones in eastern Ukraine including from Kharkiv and Sumy, adding that the total number of Indians stuck in Ukraine could be roughly in the range of 2,000 to 3,000.

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