Indian students stranded in Ukraine can have a sigh of relief as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday. He has extended his support to bring back the Andhra students from the troubled Ukraine.
Reddy said that in view of the current uncertainties and tension in Ukraine, many students stuck in various colleges of the country have sought help from Andhra Pradesh to return home safely.
“I would like to bring to your kind notice that the Government of Andhra Pradesh will extend all possible support to the Government of India (GoI) in repatriating students in Ukraine from Andhra,” he said in his letter to Jaishankar.
Amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Air India operated a Boeing 787 aircraft to bring back Indians from the Eastern European country.
Air India announced on 19 February that it would operate three flights between India and Ukraine on 22, 24 and 26 February.
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Russia’s state-run news agency Tass Wednesday reported that Russia has started evacuating personnel from its diplomatic facilities in Ukraine. Moscow has an embassy in Ukraine’s Kyiv and consulates in Kharkiv Odesa and Lviv. The Tass report stated the embassy in Kyiv confirmed that the evacuations have begun.
The Ukraine Parliament on Wednesday voted to approve in the first reading a draft law which gives permission to Ukrainians to carry firearms and act in self-defence, news agency Reuters reported. “The adoption of this law is fully in the interests of the state and society,” the authors of the law said in a note and added that the law was needed due to “existing threats and dangers for the citizens of Ukraine”.