60% Indian citizens have left Ukraine so far, says Foreign Secretary

60% Indian citizens have left Ukraine so far, says Foreign Secretary

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday informed that out of an estimated 20,000 Indian citizens in Ukraine, 60 per cent have left the country since the first advisory was issued by the government.

Briefing the media about the evacuation of Indians, including students, from Ukraine in the wake of Russian military operations, he said India remains very concerned about the situation in Kharkiv and other areas which are currently in the conflict zone. 

“We had an estimated 20,000 Indian nationals in Ukraine at the time we issued our first advisory. Approximately 12,000 have left Ukraine so far, which means 60 per cent of the people have left the country. Of the remaining 40 per cent, roughly half remain in the conflict zone in Kharkiv and the other half have either reached the western border of Ukraine or are heading towards the western border. They are generally out of conflict areas,” Shringla said.

He said a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was held on the Ukraine situation on Tuesday.

“The meeting began with the expression of deep regret and condolence of the tragic death of India student Naveen Shekharappa who was studying in Ukraine. We remain very concerned about the situation in Kharkiv and other areas which are currently in the conflict zone,” he said.

The seventh flight carrying 182 Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine reached Mumbai from Romania’s Bucharest as part of Operation Ganga on Tuesday. (ANI)

first published:March 1, 2022, 11:57 p.m.

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