There is neither electricity nor water, shopkeepers are not giving goods… the pain of Indian students trapped in Sumi, about 700 students in hope of help

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new DelhiAn Indian student stranded in Ukraine’s north-eastern city of Sumi said in a video message that she and some students have been waiting for the past 10 days but there is no ray of hope as to when they will be evacuated. A student studying at Sumi State University told that there is no electricity, no water and shopkeepers are not taking credit or debit cards, while there is no money in ATM. He said, ‘We are not even able to buy essential items and food items.’ Around 700 Indian students are stranded in Sumi, where Russian and Ukrainian troops have been fighting for the past few days. India is trying to evacuate its citizens from the city, but due to heavy shelling and air strikes, it is not successful. Another Indian student trapped in Sumi, Ashiq Hussain Sarkar, told Bhasha, ‘Our courage is answering. We are still waiting for the latest information. Ajit Gangadharan, a fourth-year medical student, said, “We were ready to go on foot, but the government asked us to stop and not take any risk. We stopped, but for how long?’ Indian students stranded in Sumi posted a video clip on social media on Saturday announcing that they had decided to take the risk of walking to the Russian border in the harsh winter amid clashes. After this, there were apprehensions about his security in the government circles in Delhi. Shortly after the video was released, the Indian government asked the students to stay in bunkers and other shelters and assured that they would be evacuated soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over phone and sought his “cooperation” in evacuating Indian students stranded in Sumi.

[Attribution to NBT]

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