On Tuesday, the Embassy of India in Kyiv issued an advisory for Indian nationals in Ukraine. “In view of the uncertainties of the current situation in Ukraine, Indian nationals in Ukraine, particularly whose stay is not essential, may consider leaving temporarily. Indian nationals are also advised to avoid all non-essential travel to and within Ukraine,” the embassy said.
“Indian nationals are requested to keep the embassy informed about the status of their presence in Ukraine to enable the embassy to reach them where required. The embassy continues to function normally to provide all services to Indian nationals in Ukraine.
For the last few days, the families of Indian students back home have been on tenterhooks. “I am planning to call my brother back. We will meet the travel expenditure on our own. There are 20,000 Indian students in Ukraine,” Haseeb Mohammed told TOI. His brother Sohail from Hyderabad is pursuing his medical studies in Ukraine.
But there are problems. “There are no incoming or outgoing flights to take. Request you to please make arrangements to bring all Indian students and others from Ukraine,” requested Dipanjan Dutta. “Not enough flights for students to leave the country. Kindly arrange additional flights,” Sumit Yadav said in response to the Twitter post of the Indian Embassy in Ukraine.
One student, Aishwarya, said her college had facilitated online classes.
“I’m a student at VN Karazin University. You’re informing us so late that we can’t even leave Ukraine. The cost of flights is above 70K, which we can’t afford. Tomorrow is the day and today we’re being informed,” Arpit Katiyar said, tweeting to the embassy.
On January 25, the Indian embassy in Ukraine asked Indian nationals in the country to provide information about them through a form that is posted on social media.