Indian students stranded in Ukraine’s Sumy advised to be ready to leave on short notice

Indian students stranded in Ukraine's Sumy advised to be ready to leave on short notice

New Delhi: Indian Embassy in Ukraine on Sunday advised the stranded Indian students in Sumy, Ukraine, to be ready to leave on short notice. It further said the “confirmed date and time will be issued soon.”

In a tweet, the Embassy informed that its team is stationed in Poltava City to coordinate safe passage of the Indian students stranded in Sumy to Western borders via Poltava.

On Saturday, Indian students pursuing their studies at Sumy State University had released a video message for the Indian government in which they said, “If anything happens to us, all the responsibility will be on the Indian government and Indian Embassy.”

The students holding the Indian national flag, standing in the snow looked all worried as they recorded message from Sumy. They were seen with their packed baggage, ready to embark.

One of the students said, “Since morning, we have been constantly listening to boarding, 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.”

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Another student said, “This is the last video from the students of Sumy state University students. We are just risking our life and going to the border which Russia has opened. This will be our last video and last request. Please pray for us.

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Sumy is one of the many conflict zones that has been witnessing intense fight between the Russian and Ukrainian forces.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) too earlier on Saturday said it is “deeply concerned” about Indian students in Sumy. It also informed that India has strongly pressed Russian and Ukrainian governments through multiple channels for an immediate ceasefire to create a safe corridor for our students. 

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “Have advised our students to take safety precautions, stay inside shelters and avoid unnecessary risks. Ministry and our Embassies are in regular touch with the students.”

first published:March 6, 2022, 10:38 p.m.

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