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Indian embassy sets up 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Indians stranded in Ukraine

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Indian embassy sets up 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Indians stranded in Ukraine
Embassy of India, Kyiv, Ukraine



The Indian Embassy in Kyiv on Thursday set up a 24-hour Emergency Helpline for the Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised a military operation in the country. 

Indian Embassy in Ukraine said, “The present situation in #Ukraine is highly uncertain; set up 24-hour Emergency helpline, which can be accessed by dialling +380 997300428, +380 997300483.”

The Indian embassy also issued a fresh advisory for the Indian nationals asking them to “stay calm and safe” wherever they are. “Please maintain calm and remain safe wherever you are, be it in your homes, hostels, accommodations or in transit,” the Indian embassy said its advisory for Indians in Ukraine after Russia launched its military offensive against the eastern European nation.

“Please maintain calm and remain safe wherever you are, be it in your homes, hostels, accommodations or in transit,” the Indian embassy said its advisory for Indians in Ukraine. “All those travelling to Kyiv are advised to return to their respective cities temporarily. Further advisories soon,’’ it added.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that it is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine. “We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation. The focus is on the safety and security of Indians, particularly students. A control room is being expanded and made operational on a 24×7 basis,” govt sources said, according to ANI.

India on Thursday called for an immediate de-escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine and cautioned that the situation is in danger of spiralling into a major crisis, just as Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his decision to launch a ‘military operation’ in eastern Ukraine.

The 15-nation UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Ukraine late Wednesday night, the second meeting this week and the fourth since January 31 as tensions escalated between Russia and Ukraine.

As the UNSC meeting was underway, during which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a direct appeal to Putin to ‘stop your troops from attacking Ukraine’, the Russian leader announced a military operation in eastern Ukraine.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti told the Council that New Delhi had only two days ago at the Council meeting on Ukraine called for urgent de-escalation of tensions and emphasised sustained and focused diplomacy to address all issues concerning the situation.

“However, we note with regret, that the calls of the international community to give time to the recent initiatives undertaken by parties to diffuse tensions were not heeded to. The situation is in danger of spiralling into a major crisis,” he said.

India expressed its ”deep concern” over the developments, which, if not handled carefully, may well undermine the peace and security of the region. India called for immediate de-escalation and refraining from any further action that could contribute to a worsening of the situation.

“We believe that the solution lies in sustained diplomatic dialogue between the concerned parties. In the meantime, we strongly emphasise the vital need for all sides to maintain international peace and security by exercising the utmost restraint,” he said.

Tirumurti also underlined that more than 20,000 Indian nationals, including students, are located in different parts of Ukraine, including in its border areas. “We are facilitating the return of all Indian nationals, including Indian students, as required,” he said.

India called on all parties to exert greater efforts to bridge divergent interests, with Tirumurti underlining that the legitimate security interests of all parties should be fully taken into account.

India has consistently advocated at the United Nations the need for peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law and with agreements entered into by parties concerned.

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