Ukraine crisis: India issues advisory for its citizens

Ukraine crisis: India issues advisory for its citizens

A screen shot of the advisory issued by the Indian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, India asked its citizens to leave Ukraine temporarily.

The Indian Embassy in Ukraine issued an advisory on Tuesday saying, "In view of the uncertainties of the current situation in Ukraine, Indian nationals in Ukraine, particularly students whose stay is not essential, may consider leaving temporarily."

There was an online form generated by the Indian Embassy in Ukraine asking Indians, particularly students, to fill in their details for contact in case of any contingency.

As of 2020, there were about 20,000 Indian students residing in Ukraine.

As per the latest reports, Indian authorities are in touch with the airlines. The possibility of increasing flights from Ukraine to India seems likely for the Indians who wish to return home due to the threatening situation.

Due to airfare hikes, it's becoming costly for Indians to return home, a pressing concern of Indian students.

The Indian Embassy in Ukraine has established a control room and a 24-hour helpline to address the concerns of the Indians planning to return home.

News pouring in on Wednesday has stated that Russia has de-escalated some troops. However, the US kept its fingers crossed as President Joe Biden said that such reports needed verification.

Early this month, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that if India told Russia not to destabilize Ukraine, it would be noticed and might make a difference since India has close ties with Russia and the US. On being asked about the 20,000 Indian students in Ukraine, Kuleba had discounted their worries saying, "I can tell them one thing, there are many, much more complicated and dangerous places across the world compared to Ukraine. They can feel safe, continue their studies and enjoy their life and be confident about their future. We really appreciate their presence and contribution to life in Ukraine."

The NRI Nation