An Air India flight carrying 219 Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine, is on its way back home (to Mumbai) from Bucharest in Romania, said the External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, the EAM Dr. S Jaishankar said, “Regarding evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine, we are making progress. Our teams are working on the ground round the clock. I am personally monitoring. The first flight to Mumbai with 219 Indian nationals has taken off from Romania.”
The External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu and the government for their sincere cooperation in the expatriation process.
In a significant effort to bring back stranded Indian nationals from Ukraine amidst the uncertainty in the region exacerbated by Moscow’s move, the Ministry of External Affairs announced that the evacuation of the Indians will be done through a land border crossing. The Ministry has already sent its officials to the land borders with Ukraine in Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic, and Romania.
Earlier on February 26, the Indian Embassy in Kyiv informed that around 470 students will enter Romania through Porubne-Siret Border. The Indian nationals would then board the flights from Romania for Mumbai and New Delhi. Moreover, the government is active on a war-footing level for the coordinated evacuation of the stranded Indian nationals from other land border points also.
Fresh advisory issued for Indian nationals/students in Ukraine
In view of the prevailing situation, the Indian Embassy in Kyiv earlier in a day issued a fresh advisory advising their nationals to restrain from traveling to any of the border posts without prior coordination with the Indian government officials.
“The situation at various border points is sensitive and the Embassy is working continuously with our Embassies in our neighboring countries for coordinated evacuation of our citizens. The embassy is finding it increasingly difficult to help the crossings of those Indian nationals who reach border checkpoints without prior intimation,” the advisory read.
The Embassy called on Indian citizens in the Eastern sector of the country to maintain calm and remain safe in their current place of residence until further instructions were provided. The Embassy further requested Indian nationals to stay indoor with whatever food, water, and amenities available and exercise utmost caution at all times in view of the recent development.