‘Don’t be disturbed, stay safe wherever you are’ Indian Embassy advises its citizens trapped in Ukraine

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new Delhi: Amid Russia-Ukraine tensions, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine on Thursday asked Indian citizens not to panic and stay safe wherever they are. The embassy said that in view of the closure of Ukrainian airspace to civilian aircraft, alternative arrangements are being made for the evacuation of Indian nationals. It also said that the embassy will inform about such arrangement as soon as it is finalised. The Indian embassy issued two advisories within a span of hours after Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine. The Indian Embassy said, ‘The current situation in Ukraine is extremely uncertain. Please don’t panic and stay safe wherever you are, be it at home, hostel or any other place of residence or somewhere in between.’ The embassy said those traveling to Kiev, which includes the western part of Kiev, are temporarily advised to return to their cities, preferably to safer places. In a second consultation, the Indian Embassy said that it is hereby informed to all Indians in Ukraine that the special flight is canceled due to the closure of Ukrainian airspace. “Alternative arrangements are being made to evacuate Indian nationals,” the embassy said. At the same time, official sources in New Delhi said that the Ministry of External Affairs is holding a high-level meeting on the Ukraine crisis and work on contingency plans is underway. Sources said that India is focusing on measures to help its citizens, especially students, from this Eastern European country. Official sources said India is closely monitoring the “rapidly changing” situation in Ukraine and is focusing on how to help Indians. “We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation. Our entire focus is on the safety and security of Indian citizens, especially students. Sources said the control room set up by the Ministry of External Affairs a few days ago is being expanded and is being made operational on a 24-hour basis. According to estimates, there are currently 15,000 Indians in Ukraine.

[Attribution to NBT]

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