An Indian student lost his life in shelling in Ukraine’s Kharkiv on Tuesday morning, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated.
“With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family. We convey our deepest condolences to the family,” he tweeted.
“Foreign Secretary is calling in Ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to reiterate our demand for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and cities in other conflict zones. Similar action is also being undertaken by our Ambassadors in Russia and Ukraine,” read tweet by Bagchi.
The student, identified as Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, hailed from Chalageri in Karnataka’s Haveri district.
Synegubov, the head of the regional administration in Kharkiv, said Russian missile attacks have hit the centre of Ukraine’s second-largest city, including residential areas and the city administration building.
Synegubov said Russia had launched GRAD and cruise missiles on the eastern city and accused Moscow of being guilty of war crimes. He added the city’s defences were holding despite the bombardment.