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India operates additional flights to evacuate citizens stranded in war-torn Ukraine

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India operates addl flights to evacuate citizens stranded in war-torn Ukraine
Indian evacuated from Ukraine show the Indian tricolor ahead of their Air India flight to Mumbai.(Twitter/@DrSJaishankar)

The central government on Saturday operated three Air India flights to Romanian capital Bucharest and one AI flight to Hungarian capital Budapest to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in war-torn Ukraine.

The first evacuation flight AI1944 with 219 Indian nationals onboard departed from Bucharest at 1.55 PM and is expected to reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai at around 9 PM on Saturday.”

Today afternoon more than 470 students will exit the Ukraine and enter Romania through the Porubne-Siret Border. We are moving Indians located at the border to neighbouring countries for onward evacuation. Efforts are underway to relocate Indians coming from the hinterland,” tweeted the Indian embassy in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, several Indian nationals reached Bucharest and Budapest via Ukraine-Romania border and Ukraine-Hungary border, respectively. The evacuation flights are operating out of Bucharest and Budapest as Ukraine on Thursday closed its airspace for civil aircrafts after Russia’s military action in the country.Earlier, Air India on Friday took to Twitter to inform that it will be operating B787 aircraft from Delhi and Mumbai to Bucharest and Budapest on February 26 (Saturday) as special government charter flights to bring back stranded Indian nationals that include hundreds of students.

The Indian embassy in Ukraine on Friday announced, “At present, teams are getting in place at the following check points: Chop-Zahony Hungarian border near Uzhhorod, Porubne-Siret Romanian border near Chernivtsi.”

The stranded citizens have been advised to carry their passports, cash, other essential items and COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin had asked Ukrainian armed forces to “take power into their own hands”.

”I once again appeal to the armed forces of Ukraine, do not allow neo-Nazis and (Ukrainian radical nationalists) to use your children, wives and elders as human shields,” Putin said in a televised address.

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