Several Indian students stranded in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumi heaved a sigh of relief as their evacuation process began on Tuesday and they hope to reach a safer area soon.
“Evacuation from Sumi has started. Finally some good news came on Tuesday. All Indian students will be evacuated from Sumi on Tuesday itself. They will be taken to a safe place, from where they will be brought to India,” said Anshad Ali . , a student coordinator.
A medical student at Sumi University, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the buses had arrived and the students started boarding the buses.
He told Sumi, “We have been told that we will go to Poltava. I am praying that we reach a safe area and this misery will end.”
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told reporters here that 694 Indian students stranded in Sumi left for Poltava on Tuesday by buses.
“Last night, I checked from the control room, there were 694 Indian students remaining in Sumi. Today, they all left in buses for Poltava,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky ways to start the stalled evacuation process of Indian students from Sumi, which is being hit by the invading Russian military.
India has so far brought back more than 17,100 of its citizens from Ukraine, while Indian students are stranded in Sumi, their evacuation dependent on the facilitation of a safe passage by Russian and Ukrainian authorities.
“We queued for three hours on a freezing cold Monday, waiting to board the buses and then, we were told we couldn’t leave. Thankfully, we left Sumi on Tuesday. I hope so. We will be in a safe zone. Soon,” another medical student Aashiq Hussain Sarkar told PTI.
Sumi has been witnessing fierce fighting between Russian and Ukrainian troops for several days. India has been making efforts to evacuate its civilians from the city in northeastern Ukraine, but with little success due to heavy shelling and air strikes.
With no electricity and water supply, ATMs running out of cash, snow melting to quench their thirst and supplies running out fast, hundreds of Indian students stranded in Sumi stood on the streets every morning, hoping In that “today will be the day” when they will be saved from the barbarisms of the war besieging Ukraine.
However, the wait turned out to be long, as fierce fighting blocked the way to safety across the Russian border. Desperate students posted a video clip on social media platforms on Saturday saying they have decided to walk across the Russian border in the freezing cold amid fighting, raising fears about their safety in the corridors of power in New Delhi. Is.
Soon after the video went viral, the Indian government asked the students not to take unnecessary risks and stay in shelters, and assured them that they would be rescued soon.
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