Tank T-64 is seen firing during a military drill for Ukrainian soldiers at the training centre of Ukrainian Ground Forces near Rivne, Ukraine (Reuters)
NEW DELHI: India’s permanent representative to UN TS Tirumurti has said that the well-being of over 20,000 Indian nationals and students in Ukraine is a priority.
Expressing concern at escalation of tension at Ukraine’s birders, Tirumurti said that the developments have the potential to undermine peace and security in the region. He was speaking at an amergency UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine.
The threat of war looms over Ukraine after Russia announced recognition of Ukrainian regions held by pro-Russia rebel forces. By some reports, Russia President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops to move into the separatist regions.
“We have been closely following the evolving developments relating to Ukraine and the related announcement by Russia,” Tirumurti said.
India also called for restraint on all sides and said the issue can only be resolved through diplomatic dialogue. India also called for “giving space to recent initiatives undertaken by parties which seek to diffuse tensions.”
Meanwhile a special Air India flight took off from New Delhi early on Tuesday morning for Ukrainian capital Kyiv to fly Indians out of the country.
The Air India Dreamliner, operated as AI 1947, left for Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport from Delhi at 7:40 this morning. The airline earlier announced opearting three flights to Kyiv this week to fly out Indians from Ukraine.
The Indian embassy in Kyiv has already asked families of its diplomats and Indian students to leave Ukraine. It also asked India national with ‘non-essential’ engagements to temporarily leave the country.
In an advisory, it asked Indians to follow updates on charter flights on its social media handles.