100 Indian students living in Odessa Ukraine are traveling to Moldova, MEA team will visit the country on Monday
Even as Russian troops continue their advance into Ukraine, the central government is making every effort to bring stranded Indian citizens back from Ukraine. Nearly 100 Indian students stranded in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa traveled by bus across Moldova on Sunday. Odessa, a major port on the Black Sea, was attacked by Russian forces on the first day of the invasion on February 24.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said a Foreign Ministry team would visit the country on Monday to help the students.
A student, identified as Saqib, told News18 that students with a temporary residence permit, called “Posvidka” in Ukraine, have hassle-free access to Moldova which is an hour’s drive from Odessa. He said all MBBS students are offered this permit by default and can use it to cross into Moldova even in times of peace.
Saqib said all the students were offered food, water and shelter by United Nations officials. They were all staying in a shelter near the border between Moldova and Ukraine, he added.
The student said: “Some people helped us and the Moldovan government, with the help of the UN and the EU (European Union), organized accommodation and food.”
From this place, the border between Moldova and Romania is 200 km away, and these students are now waiting for a communication from the Indian authorities for their journey via special flights.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar spoke with the Moldovan Foreign Minister and tweeted: “I called Foreign Minister @nicupopescu of Moldova to ask for help to facilitate the entry of our nationals at the border between Ukraine and Moldova. Appreciate their quick response and strong support. TeamMEA representatives will therefore achieve this tomorrow.
Called Minister of Foreign Affairs @nicupopescu of Moldova requesting support to facilitate the entry of our nationals at the border between Ukraine and Moldova. Appreciate his immediate response and firm support.#TeamMEA the representatives will therefore arrive at it tomorrow.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) February 27, 2022
India evacuated about 2,000 of its citizens from Ukraine after the conflict began and efforts are underway to facilitate the exit of the remaining Indians stranded through various border transit points to neighboring countries, the business secretary said. foreign Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
(With PTI inputs)
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