Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a military operation in Ukraine today. He has further warned that any interference by other nations would lead to severe consequences. He also called on the Ukraine military to lay down its arms and as per reports the Ukraine airbases and defences have been destroyed. Amid such difficult times, students in Ukraine are having a hard time keeping themselves safe. Hence, the Indian government has launched helpline numbers for them.
The Indian Ambassador to Ukraine, Partha Satpathy, has asked all students and Indian nationals to contact on the emergency numbers provided by the Indian Embassy in Ukraine and urged them to stay wherever they are in their familiar locations. In another tweet, the Embassy said," The present situation in Ukraine is highly uncertain. Please maintain calm and remain safe wherever you are, be it in your homes, hostels, accommodations or in transit.
MESSAGE FROM AMBASSADOR OF INDIA TO UKRAINE on 24 February 2022.@MEAIndia @PIB_India @PIBHindi @DDNewslive @DDNewsHindi @DDNational @IndiainUkraine @IndianDiplomacy pic.twitter.com/JrGJTTuBEQ— India in Ukraine (@IndiainUkraine) February 24, 2022
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India
The MEA has set up a control room in Delhi to provide information and assistance to Indian students and nationals in Ukraine. The MEA control room too is being expanded and has been operational 24×7. The contact details of the MEA control room are — +91 11 23012113, +91 11 23014104, +91 11 23017905 and 1800118797 (toll free). They can also be reached via email at email@example.com.
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Indian Embassy in Ukraine
The Indian embassy in Ukraine has also set up a 24-hour helpline for the Indians students and nationals staying there. The Embassy of India in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv has said they are monitoring the situation closely and on February 22, the embassy issued an advisory yesterday for Indian students asking them to leave the European country temporarily and not to wait for any directions from the universities.
The Embassy of India in Ukraine has set up a 24-hour helpline. Students and Indian nationals can access the same at 380 997300428 and 380 997300483. They can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org and official website is eoiukraine.gov.in.
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Meanwhile, now with the air space closed, the Indian government is considering ways to evacuate Indian citizens. More than 20,000 Indian students are stuck in Ukraine amid the rising tensions in the country. High airfare and lack of clarity from universities their were amongst the reasons for students being stuck there. “Indian government’s biggest priority is the safety of Indian nationals, including students,” government officials have told CNN News18.
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