The Indian embassy in Ukraine on Tuesday advised Indian nationals to leave Kyiv "urgently today" amid the deteriorating security situation due to the Russian-Ukraine conflict.
"Advisory to Indians in Kyiv: All Indian nationals including students are advised to leave Kyiv urgently today. Preferably by available trains or through any other means available," the Indian embassy in Ukraine tweeted.
Advisory to Indians in Kyiv— India in Ukraine (@IndiainUkraine) March 1, 2022
All Indian nationals including students are advised to leave Kyiv urgently today. Preferably by available trains or through any other means available.
The Union government has launched Operation Ganga to bring back stranded students and Indian citizens from conflict-torn Ukraine.
This advisory comes as satellite images have emerged showing a long convoy of Russian military vehicles snaking along roadways northwest of Kyiv, CNN reported. Hundreds of tanks, towed artillery, armoured and logistical vehicles can be seen in the image released by an American space technology company.
About 8000 Indian nationals have left since the initial advisories were issued, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Monday.
"Evacuation efforts on Ukraine situation on the ground continue to be complex and fluid, some of them quite concerning, but we've been able to accelerate evacuation process. Over 8000 Indian nationals have left Ukraine since we issued the initial advisories," the MEA spokesperson said during a media briefing.