The Indian embassy in Ukraine on Tuesday once again asked Indian students to temporarily leave the country amid rising tensions after Russia recognized the independence of two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.
On queries from Indian students regarding online classes by medical universities in Ukraine, the embassy said it is in talks with the relevant authorities on the matter.
“The Embassy of India is getting a large number of calls asking about confirmation of online classes by medical universities. In this regard, as mentioned earlier, the Embassy is engaged with the concerned authorities to streamline the education process for Indian students,” it said.
“In the interest of their safety, students are advised to leave Ukraine temporarily rather than waiting for official confirmation from universities,” the mission said in a fresh advisory.
On Sunday, the embassy asked the family members of its staff in Ukraine to return home and advised Indians, whose stay is not essential, to leave temporarily in view of the “high level” of tensions and uncertainties.
The move came amid fears of Western leaders that Russia was soon ready to invade Ukraine as it deployed more than 130,000 troops, heavy weapons and fighter jets to the Ukrainian border.
Tensions between Russia and NATO countries escalated after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday recognized the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic.
At the UN Security Council meeting following the Russian decision, India expressed concern over the escalating tensions along the Russia-Ukraine border and called for de-escalation of the situation and resolution of the crisis through diplomatic dialogue.