Ukraine: Air India starts evacuation flights to bring back stranded Indians

Air India is operating four flights to evacuate Indians stranded in war-hit Ukraine.

Two flights will be sent to bordering Romania and one to Hungary and another has already left for the evacuation process, say sources.

As the Russian invasion entered its third day, Putin’s forces closed in on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, where heavy fighting was underway.

Thousands of Indian students enrolled in Ukrainian higher education institutions — mostly studying medicine — are in a state of panic and pleading with authorities to ensure their safe return to India.

Indian Ambassador to Ukraine Partha Satpathy said that the Indian government is making all possible efforts to evacuate Indians from Ukraine through its land border crossings with its neighbouring countries.

“We have to be realistic about the situation. So, convey to your friends wherever they are in Ukraine that things will be fine,” Satpathy was seen telling anxious Indian nationals in a video shared by a student.