New Delhi, March 1 (newsin.asia): An Indian student Naveen from Karnataka has been killed in the fighting taking place in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Indian External Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted:
“With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family. We convey our deepest condolences to the family.”“The Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla is calling in Ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to reiterate our demand for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and cities in other conflict zones. Similar action is also being undertaken by our Ambassadors in Russia and Ukraine.”
Meanwhile, the Indian Representative in the UN T.S.Tirumurti told the General Assembly special session on February 28, that it is deeply concerned over the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and reiterated its call for immediate cessation of violence and end to hostilities, saying all differences can only be bridged through honest, sincere and sustained dialogue.
New Delhi is doing whatever it can to undertake immediate and urgent evacuation efforts of Indian nationals still stranded in Ukraine, he said and added: “India is deeply concerned that the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate. We reiterate our call for immediate cessation of violence and end to hostilities.”
“My Government firmly believes that there is no other choice but to return to the path of diplomacy,” he said.
Noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advocated this strongly in his recent conversations with the leadership of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, Mr. Tirumurti said, “We reiterate our firm conviction that all differences can only be bridged through honest, sincere and sustained dialogue.” He said there is an urgent and pressing humanitarian situation developing in Ukraine.
“India is doing whatever it can to undertake immediate and urgent evacuation efforts of Indian nationals who are still stranded in Ukraine. The safety and security of Indian nationals, including a large number of students, remains our top priority,” he said.
India Ready to Help its Neighbors
Tirumurti noted that the complex and uncertain situation at the border crossings is “adversely impacting” the uninterrupted and predictable movement of people.
“This important humanitarian necessity must be immediately addressed,” he said.
India thanked all neighboring countries of Ukraine who have opened their borders for Indian citizens and given all facilities to Indian missions and their personnel to evacuate Indian nationals to their homeland.
“We stand ready to help those from our neighbors and developing countries who are also stranded in Ukraine and may seek assistance,” he said.