New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of evacuating hundreds of Indians stuck in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy in a fierce battle in the region on Monday. Asked for both support.
The main focus of India’s evacuation efforts in Ukraine over the past few days has been the safe and secure exit of about 700 Indians, mainly students, from Smy. About 16,000 Indians have fled all over Ukraine, including other parts of the east. Of a country witnessing heavy Russian bombardment and violence.
Modi first spoke with Zelensky and sought continued support from the Ukrainian government for continued efforts to evacuate the Indian people from Smy, people familiar with the matter said.
In a 35-minute conversation, the two leaders discussed changes in the situation in Ukraine, and Modi appreciated the “continuous direct dialogue” between Russia and Ukraine. He thanked the Ukrainian government for helping the Indian people evacuate. People said.
Modi then spoke to Putin, emphasizing the importance of safe evacuation of Indian citizens from Smy, and Putin assured Modi “as much cooperation as possible” for their safe evacuation. Added.
Meanwhile, the call between Modi and Putin lasted about 50 minutes, during which the two leaders discussed changes in the situation in Ukraine. Putin also explained to Modi about the negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian teams.
Prime Minister Modi urged President Putin to meet directly with Mr. Zelensky, in addition to ongoing negotiations between the teams. He also praised the announcement of a ceasefire and the establishment of a humanitarian corridor in parts of Ukraine, including Sumy.
According to an official statement, Zelensky explained in detail the conflict situation and ongoing negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, and Modi “expressed deep concern about the ongoing conflict and the consequent humanitarian crisis.” Said.
Modi also reiterated the call for an “immediate stop of violence,” saying India “has always supported a peaceful resolution of the matter and a direct dialogue between the parties.”
“We expressed deep concern about the safety and security of the remaining Indian students in Ukraine and emphasized the need for their prompt and safe evacuation,” he said.
On February 26, Zelensky called Modi at the UN Security Council to seek India’s assistance, and Modi called for an immediate end to the violence and a return to the dialogue.
Modi and Putin finally spoke a few hours after the Russian President ordered a special military operation to support the separated Ukrainian region of Donetsk and Luhansk. The telephone conversation on Monday was part of India’s enhanced efforts to expel all citizens from Ukraine.
The Indian side has repeatedly called for an immediate end to violence and a return to the path of diplomacy and negotiations. India refrained from criticizing Russia’s actions in Ukraine because of its close strategic relationship with New Delhi, but the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations must be respected. ..
The Government of India has launched “Operation Ganga” to evacuate Indians from Ukraine using charter flights and military aircraft, flying more than 15,900 people as of Sunday. More than 12 flights were scheduled on Sunday and Monday.