PM Modi to depute Ministerial colleagues to Europe for better coordination in evacuation


India has begun evacuating Indians, mostly students, who are stranded in Ukraine following Russia’s attack.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to depute Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and Gen (Retd) VK Singh to travel to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation mission and help students:

Sources said a high-level meeting on the Ukraine crisis had been convened to take a formal and final decision. On Sunday (February 27), Prime Minister Modi reviewed all concerning matters related to the Ukraine crisis, India’s global stance, and UNSC on Russia’s move to invade Ukraine. External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar was part of the meeting, which was also attended by top government officials.

Many Indians, mostly students, are stranded in Ukraine following Russia’s attack. India has begun evacuating them, and at least 900 people, including students, have been brought back since Saturday.

India has been in touch with all stakeholders, including leaders in Russia, Ukraine, France and the US, to resolve the crisis.

Ukraine and the Russian delegation are likely to hold preliminary parleys to defuse the crisis, but various complexities remain.

Meanwhile, an emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly will be held today at 10 am (New York time).
Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th United Nations General Assembly session, will preside over the Session. Shahid is the Foreign Minister of the Maldives.

PM Modi has also spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, with India calling for dialogue to defuse the crisis.


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