New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on the Ukraine crisis on Saturday.
The meeting was attended by Union Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla and other officials.
Over 13,300 people have returned to India so far under Operation Ganga from crisis-ridden Ukraine.
Tensions escalated following Russia’s military action against Ukraine. The External Affairs Ministry on Saturday said that almost all Indians have left Kharkiv city in Ukraine and the main focus of the government is to evacuate citizens from the Sumy area. Evacuation has been especially challenging in these areas owing to the ongoing violence and lack of transportation.
The government has also deployed GOI ministers as ‘special envoys’ to four neighbouring countries bordering Ukraine to coordinate and oversee the evacuation process of Indian nationals.
Russian forces launched military operations in Ukraine on February 24, three days after Moscow recognised Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities.