India has advised its citizens residing in Ukraine to leave the country because of the escalating tension between Moscow and NATO countries over the increasing Russian troops along the Ukrainian border.
The US, Britain, Norway, Japan, Latvia, and Denmark have already asked their citizens to leave Ukraine due to this tension.
Advisory issued by Indian Embassy:
The Indian Embassy has sent an advisory letter to the Indians present in Ukraine for their citizens to leave Ukraine. In the letter, because of the current uncertain environment in Ukraine, Indian citizens, especially students have been advised to leave Ukraine and return home temporarily.
The letter further said that Indian citizens should be careful, avoid traveling to Ukraine without any necessary work, and the citizens there also should not leave the house unnecessarily.
The embassy letter has requested all Indian citizens of Ukraine to keep them informed about their presence so that help can be reached to them if needed. The Indian Embassy will continue its normal operations in Ukraine to help its citizens.
India’s stand on Russia-Ukraine dispute:
India has decided to abstain from voting on the US resolution against Russia over the Ukraine-Russia dispute at the UN Security Council and has suggested de-escalation of tensions through peaceful talks.
Permanent Representative of India TS. Tirumurti submitted, if India seeks its interests, it must find a solution that, taking into account the legitimate security interests of all countries, can immediately defuse tensions and aims at the establishment of long-term peace and stability in the region and beyond. Should be.
India has clearly stated that it cannot be a party to any economic sanctions against Russia.
20 thousand students trapped in Ukraine:
Presently, more than 20 thousand students are studying in Ukraine. Two thousand students are trapped in the medical college adjacent to the Russian border. Indian students present in Ukraine to return to the country say that they are very scared and want to return to India.
Kharkiv National Medical University is located just 35 kilometers from the Russian border and is quite expensive. The students also fear that if they openly express their views, the university administration may expel them.
Due to the war in Ukraine-Russia, flight tickets have become expensive by 70 thousand to 2 lakh, because India has asked its citizens trapped in Ukraine to return to India temporarily.
Frictions between Russia and Ukraine:
Russia has gathered more than one lakh soldiers near the border of Ukraine. This has intensified the possibility of war in the region. Russia has consistently denied that it is planning an attack on Ukraine, but the US and its NATO allies believe that Russia is heading towards war and preparing for it.
At the same time, Russia’s main demands include not including Ukraine in NATO and removing such weapons from the region, which could threaten Russia.
Over 20,000 Indian students studying engineering and medicine in Ukraine have been in trouble amid the potential for war in Eastern Europe due to the dispute. Most of these students are from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Punjab, and Rajasthan. A petition has also been filed in the President’s Secretariat in Delhi to bring these students back to India.
It has been said in the petition:
18 to 20 thousand Indian students from all over the country have gone to different universities in Ukraine for studies. So far no action has been taken by the Government of India on the serious issue related to his life.
According to The Hindu News, the embassy was in the process of collecting the contact details of all Indian students and professionals based in Ukraine. There are about 16,000 Indian students in Ukraine who are studying in various courses in the medical colleges there. In addition, there is a small Indian community in the country. According to media reports, the Russian army has surrounded Ukraine from the Donbas in the east and the Black Sea coast in the south. In the north, Russia is conducting military exercises with Belarus.