Indian diaspora advised to move away from conflict zones

Indian diaspora advised to move away from conflict zones

Amid the ongoing tension between Russia and Ukraine, the Indian Embassy in Kiev on Sunday advised Indian expatriates to move from conflict zones to the western region, subject to the security situation and existing rules.

The embassy said on Twitter that Ukraine Railways is also organizing emergency trains to Kiev on a first-come basis at no charge. However, the schedule of trains can be found at the stations

“Ukraine Railways is additionally organizing emergency trains, from Kiev on a first come basis. The schedule can be found at train stations. Indian expatriates are advised to move from conflict zones to the western sector, subject to the security situation and existing rules The Indian Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine said today.

The embassy in its advisory to Indian nationals on Saturday stressed that the situation at various border posts is sensitive and it is continuously working with embassies in neighboring countries for coordinated evacuation of our nationals.

“All Indian nationals in Ukraine are advised not to visit any border posts at the border posts without prior coordination with the officials of the Government of India and without the emergency numbers of the Embassy of India, Kiev.”

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today said that the fourth flight has left for Delhi from Bucharest (Romania) to bring back 198 stranded Indians from Ukraine under Operation Ganga.

Jaishankar said in a tweet, “Operation Ganga is on. Fourth flight has departed from Bucharest to bring our 198 Indians safely to Delhi.”

Earlier in a tweet, the External Affairs Minister said that the third flight to Delhi with 240 Indian nationals took off from Budapest, Hungary under Operation Ganga.

A total of 469 Indian nationals have been evacuated from war-torn Ukraine so far, of which 250 reached Delhi on Sunday morning and 219 reached Mumbai on Saturday evening.

According to media reports, this comes as Russian forces are advancing in Ukraine’s capital city. Explosions were heard in parts of Kiev on Friday as Russian forces approached the city, media reports said on Saturday.

Video from eyewitnesses showed explosions in Ukraine’s capital city as some media reports said Ukraine and Russia are discussing a place and time for talks.

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