Update: March 15, 2022 7:09 p.m. STI
New Delhi [India]Mar 15 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday that the evacuation of Indian students from Sumy to Ukraine was extremely complex and required a credible ceasefire which finally materialized through the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal intervention with Ukrainian presidents. and Russia.
Giving a statement on “the situation in Ukraine” in both houses of parliament, Jaishankar said the prime minister had addressed “the issue of the safe evacuation of Indians, especially from Kharkiv and Sumy.”
The Prime Minister had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on March 7. He had spoken to the two leaders earlier also in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine and for the safe evacuation of Indian students.
“The evacuation of Sumy, which was the last on a large scale, was also extremely complex as our students risked being caught in the crossfire. Their evacuation from the city required a credible ceasefire, a tall order in the current situation,” Jaishankar said.
“It finally came to fruition thanks to the personal intervention of the Prime Minister himself with the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia. Seeing the extraordinary challenges ahead of us, we also dispatched a special team of senior officers to the vicinity of Sumy Their coordination with the military forces deployed there, with the ICRC and the logistics organization was responsible for the end result,” he added.
The Minister said that throughout the period, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine worked tirelessly to contact Indian nationals, arrange and facilitate transportation, coordinate with local authorities, provide food.
“Throughout the evacuation exercise, our Embassy has been in constant contact with the Ukrainian authorities. We appreciate their positive response to our requests during this period. Their intervention was responsible for the movement of additional trains necessary for the evacuation. evacuation drill. The embassy also provided travel documents in a very very short time in cases where Indian nationals had lost their passports,” Jaishankar said.
“They also joined forces with neighboring embassies to resolve difficult situations on the border. On March 13, in view of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Ukraine, including attacks in its western part, it was decided to transfer temporarily the Indian Embassy in Ukraine in Poland. This situation will be reassessed in the light of further developments,” he added.
Jaishankar said the Prime Minister had also spoken with his counterparts from Romania, the Slovak Republic, Hungary and the President of Poland to seek support in facilitating the entry of Indians into their country.
India evacuated around 22,500 stranded Ukrainian citizens. India has also evacuated citizens from neighboring countries, including Bangladesh and Nepal.
Buses and trains brought the Indians to the western borders of Ukraine and they were transported to India by flights which took off from Bucharest, Budapest, Suceava and Warsaw. (ANI)