News

India Calls In Russian, Ukrainian Envoys After Student Killed In Kharkiv Shelling

India acknowledged the demise of an Indian undergraduate in Kharkiv, Ukraine's easternmost city, which has been pounded by heavy shelling, on Tuesday, and asked that Ukraine and Russia facilitate safe transit to its citizens stuck in combat zones.

In a tweet, Arindam Bagchi, a spokeswoman for the External Affairs Ministry, stated,—- With great grief, we affirm that an Indian student was killed in firing in Kharkiv today.  The ministry has made touch with his family.

The Indian side repeated its call for protection and safe transit for Indian people trapped in crisis zones, namely in southern and eastern Ukraine. Harsh Shringla, the foreign Secretary voiced the proposal for the first time on Sunday in separate talks with the Ukrainian and Russian ambassadors.

Bagchi stated in a 2nd tweet that the Foreign Secretary is summoning the Russian and Ukrainian embassies to underscore India's appeal for immediate safe movement for Indian people trapped in Kharkiv and other war zones.


Also Read: West Bengal: Citizens Snub BJP’s 12-Hour Bandh Call Today


He went on to say that the embassies in Ukraine and Russia are taking similar steps.

Many Indian scholars in Kharkiv had shared on social media before the government announced that a student, thought to be from Karnataka, had died while going to purchase food. Multiple videos shared to social networking sites revealed shelling of several areas in Kharkiv, particularly one close to the Kharkiv National Medical University (KNMU), which has a large Indian population of students.

The overall population of Indian scholars in Kharkiv has been estimated to be somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000. Because the nation's airspace was blocked on the 24th of February, Indians and other immigrants have been unable to leave major towns in eastern Ukraine, namely Sumy and Kharkiv. In the eastern area, rail and public transportation services have also been interrupted.

The worsening scenario in Kharkiv has been recognised as a source of considerable worry by those acquainted with the situation. One of the individuals stated that they had previously raised the urgent need for safe transit for Indian nationals, particularly scholars, from Kharkiv and other conflict-affected towns with the Ukrainian and Russian ambassadors.

This demand has been raised of Ukraine and Russia several times since the war began on the 24th of February, according to the source. It was delivered to their embassies in New Delhi and is being pursued in Russia and other cities.

Given the fact that an Indian team has indeed been stationed in Russia, Belgorod, close to the Ukrainian border, to assist with relocation from Kharkiv and adjacent areas, the fighting in the region has proven to be a barrier, according to the locals. According to the individual, Ukraine and Russia must promptly respond to their desire for safe travel.

The Indian ambassador in Kyiv had earlier on Tuesday ordered every Indian in the Ukrainian capital to evacuate immediately by train or any other route, citing rumours of a 64-kilometre-long Russian military convoy approaching the region.

All Indian residents, notably students, are encouraged to leave Kyiv immediately, according to a short alert released on Twitter by the embassy. Preferably via rail, but any other mode of transportation is acceptable.