Indian embassy in Ukraine once again advises Indian students to leave country temporarily

The Indian embassy in Ukraine on Tuesday again asked Indian students to temporarily leave that country amid mounting tensions after Russia recognized the independence of two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.

Regarding inquiries from Indian students about online classes at medical universities in Ukraine, the embassy said it is in talks with the respective authorities.

“The embassy of India receives a large number of calls asking about confirmation of online classes by medical universities. In this regard, as previously informed, the embassy is in talks with the respective authorities to streamline the education process for Indian students,” it said.

“Students are advised to temporarily leave Ukraine in the interest of their safety, rather than wait for official confirmation from universities,” the mission added in a new advisory.

On Sunday, the embassy asked relatives of its staff in Ukraine to return home and advised Indians, whose stay is not essential, to leave that country temporarily amid “high levels” of tensions and uncertainties.

The move came amid fears by Western leaders that Russia would invade Ukraine once it deployed more than 130,000 soldiers, heavy weapons and fighter jets along the Ukrainian border.

Tensions between Russia and NATO countries rose further after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic on Monday.

At a UN Security Council meeting following the Russian decision, India expressed concern about mounting tensions along the Russia-Ukraine border and called for a de-escalation of the situation and resolution of the crisis through diplomatic dialogue.

Sajal Jain
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