India advised its citizens in Ukraine to temporarily leave the country amid escalating tensions between Moscow and NATO countries over Russia’s growing military build-up near Ukraine’s border. In an advisory, the Indian Embassy in Kiev asked Indian nationals to temporarily leave the country aavoid all non-essential travel to and from Ukraine.
“Given the uncertainties of the current situation in Ukraine, Indian citizens in Ukraine, especially students whose stay is not essential, may consider temporarily leaving,” it said. “Indian nationals are also advised to avoid all non-essential travel within and within Ukraine,” the embassy said.
The number of Indians currently residing in Ukraine was not immediately known. According to an official document in 2020, Ukraine had a small but vibrant Indian community and about 18,000 (the data is likely to vary due to pandemic) Indian students were studying in that country.
In consultation, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine also asked the Indian nationals to keep them informed about their situation so that the mission can reach them when required. “Indian nationals are requested to keep the Embassy informed of the status of their presence in Ukraine so that the Embassy can reach them wherever necessary,” the embassy said.