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© Reuters. View of the region near the regional administrative building in Kharkiv (Ukraine), March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Vyacheslav madiyevskyy


Sanjeev and Krishna N. Das

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – An Indian student was shot dead in the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. This prompted New Delhi to demand safe passage for thousands of people trapped inside the conflict zone.

Officials in Ukraine claim that Russian troops are trying to take Kharkiv. They have fired artillery volleys at civilians, including children.

Arindam Bagchi of the Indian Foreign Ministry stated that both Russia and Ukraine called him in “to reiterate and demand safe passage for Indian nationals still in Kharkiv, and other conflict-zone cities.”

He posted on Twitter (NYSE 🙂 that he had been in contact with the family member of the student, whom he didn’t name.

According to Reuters, some 6,000 Indians are still trapped in the ex-Soviet republic after Russia invaded it last week.

According to the U.N. Migration Agency, approximately 470,000 foreign citizens are currently stranded on Ukrainian soil. This includes students, migrants, and workers. They appeal to neighboring countries for refuge in case they need it.

India is an all-alliance with Russia and has not condemned Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. It instead called for peace between the two sides.

Russia insists that its offensive from the south, east, and north of Ukraine are not intended to invade territory. Kyiv dismissed the claim as propaganda and called it “denazification”.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for the Kremlin, dismissed Tuesday’s allegations that Russia had attacked civilian targets. He also said that reports about Russian use of vacuum and cluster bombs are fake. Russia has not committed any war crimes, he stated categorically.

Peskov claimed, but did not provide evidence, that Ukrainian nationalists were using human shields to protect people.


According to Ukrainian government data, about 25% of Ukraine’s 76,000 international students were Indians prior to the conflict.

Indian companies that have operations in Ukraine and other countries are being asked by the Indian government to assist students, providing food, shelter, and logistical support, as well as facilitating movement from border regions.

Four ministers from the government have been sent to neighboring countries by the government to aid in rescue efforts.

According to a second source, Kharkiv’s current situation is of concern. The source stated that an Indian team had been stationed near the Ukrainian border in Belgorod. It was located about 70 kilometers (45 miles), away from Moscow, and has failed to evacuate the citizens.

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