Indian student reported to have been shot at in Ukraine, hospitalised: minister

Published on Mar 04, 2022 08:47 AM IST

Ukraine war: This comes days after another Indian student was killed in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city where missile strikes on residential buildings have been reported.

Firefighters hose down a burning building after bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday,(AP)
Firefighters hose down a burning building after bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday,(AP)

An Indian student was reported to have been hospitalised after he was shot at in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, union minister General VK Singh said on Friday. "A student from Kyiv was reported to have been shot (at) and was immediately admitted to the hospital in Kyiv, The Indian embassy had earlier clarified on priority that everyone should leave Kyiv. In the event of war, a bullet does not look at anyone's religion and nationality," the minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

This comes days after an Indian student was killed in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city where missile strikes have been reported. Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar was a fourth-year medical student at the Kharkiv National Medical University. The 21-year-old had stepped out of his apartment in the morning to buy provisions from a grocery store. He was standing in a queue when Russian missile strikes reportedly targeted the area. His death had sparked fresh concerns about the safety of Indians in the war-hit country where Moscow began its onslaught last week.

A student from Punjab, Chandan Jindal, who was hospitalised last month in Ukraine died earlier this week. The 22-year-old was a fourth-year student at the National Pirogov Memorial Medical University.

About 18,000 Indians have returned to the country in seven days, the government said on Thursday, adding that about 7,000 people are expected to return to safety in the next two days. "A total of 18,000 Indian nationals have left Ukraine since our first advisory was released. 30 flights under Operation Ganga have brought back 6,400 Indians from Ukraine so far. In the next 24 hours, 18 flights have been scheduled," Arindam Bagchi, ministry of external affairs spokesperson said.

Moscow's onslaught in Ukraine has entered the ninth day. A fire broke out a nuclear power plant in the country, which is said to Europe's largest, amid Russian shelling.

(With inputs from ANI)

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