Russia-Ukraine crisis: India makes arrangements for evacuation of citizens

Kerala CM Vijayan wrote to EAM S Jaishankar, asking him to ensure the safe return of students belonging from Kerala


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Published: Thu 24 Feb 2022, 2:11 PM

Last updated: Thu 24 Feb 2022, 9:51 PM

Amid the closure of Ukrainian airspace, the Indian embassy in Kiev has said that alternative arrangements are being made for the evacuation of Indian citizens in Ukraine.

The information was conveyed through an advisory that comes in the backdrop of Russian military operations in the Donbas region of Ukraine.

The embassy said the schedule for special flights has been cancelled due to the closure of Ukrainian airspace.

The Mission asked Indians to be aware of the surroundings, be safe, do not leave homes unless necessary and stress on carrying their documents at all times.

“As you are aware, Ukraine is under martial law, which has made movement difficult. For those students who are stranded without a place of stay in Kiev, Mission is in touch with establishments to put them up,” read the Indian Embassy statement.

“We are aware that certain places are hearing air sirens/bomb warnings. In case you are faced with such a situation, google maps have a list of nearby bomb shelters, many of which are located in underground metro,” advised the statement.


It further suggested that Indian citizens carry their passports and necessary documents at all times.

The embassy also issued helpline numbers while directing the citizens to keep following its website and social media for updates on relocation arrangements.

Earlier, the embassy has said that the present situation in Ukraine is highly uncertain and Indian citizens should remain calm and safe.

“All those who are travelling to Kyiv, including those from western parts of Kyiv, are advised to return to their respective cities temporarily, especially towards safer places along the western bordering countries,” it had said.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had earlier written to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to intervene and ensure the safety of 2320 students from Ukraine. Vijayan has requested EAM to make necessary arrangements for their return by arranging special flights.

Meanwhile, leaders from a number of countries including the UK, the US, Canada and the European Union have condemned Russia’s military operations in the Donbas region.


Russian President Vladimir Putin said special military operations are being launched “to protect” the people in the Donbas region. He also warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to “consequences”.

Notably, Ukraine has introduced martial law, urging citizens to remain calm amid Russia’s military operations.

Moreover, it has closed the airspace for civilian aircraft “due to the high risk of aviation safety.”

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