Russian president orders troopers ‘to make sure the protected exit of Indian nationals from the armed battle zone’, says Kremlin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the pressing evacuation of Indian college students trapped within the Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv, mentioned the Kremlin.
Throughout their video name on Wednesday, Putin mentioned he had ordered Russian troopers “to make sure the protected exit of Indian nationals from the armed battle zone and their return to their homeland,” in keeping with a Kremlin assertion.
Russia was attempting to organise the emergency evacuation of a gaggle of Indian college students from Kharkiv through a humanitarian hall, it added.
On Wednesday, the Ukrainian authorities mentioned Russian paratroopers had landed within the jap metropolis, and that there was preventing within the streets.
India denies college students taken hostage
In the meantime, Russia’s defence ministry on Wednesday mentioned the Ukrainian authorities had been holding a gaggle of Indian college students by drive.
“They’ve virtually been taken hostage,” ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov mentioned throughout a televised briefing.
However Indian media stories on Thursday mentioned New Delhi has denied stories of its college students being held as hostages in Ukraine. India’s international ministry mentioned it was in fixed contact with Indian nationals in Ukraine, stories added.
“We’ve got not acquired stories of any hostage scenario concerning any scholar. We’ve got requested assist of the Ukrainian authorities in arranging particular trains for taking out college students from Kharkiv and neighbouring areas to the western a part of the nation,” India’s international ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned.
Russian defence ministry spokesperson Konashenkov mentioned Ukraine was providing to evacuate the Indian college students through the western border with Poland, which, he mentioned, would imply they’d be passing by means of fight zones.
“The Russian armed forces are able to take all vital measures for the protected evacuation of Indian nationals” to allow them to be flown residence from Russia, he added.
New Delhi introduced on Tuesday that an Indian scholar had been killed throughout shelling of the jap Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv. Russian artillery bombardment of town killed 21 folks there on Tuesday, mentioned the area’s governor.
India is attempting to rearrange the protected evacuation of some 12,000 of its residents.
Earlier than Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine final Thursday, there have been 20,000 Indians in Ukraine.
Since then, nevertheless, about 8,000 have managed to go away the nation, and about 1,400 of them have already been repatriated, mentioned Indian authorities.
India abstains from UNGA vote
Additionally on Wednesday, India abstained from voting at a landmark United Nations Normal Meeting which overwhelmingly adopted a decision asking Russia to “instantly” withdraw from Ukraine.
After greater than two days of extraordinary debate, which noticed the Ukrainian ambassador accuse Russia of genocide, 141 out of 193 UN member states voted for the non-binding decision.
India and China had been among the many 35 nations which abstained, whereas simply 5 – Eritrea, North Korea, Syria, Belarus and naturally Russia – voted towards the decision.