Ukraine conflict: Special flight carrying 183 stranded Indians, arrives in Delhi

Published on Mar 06, 2022 07:49 AM IST

The citizens were welcomed by Union minister Bhupender Yadav at India Gandhi International Airport. He also interacted with the students.

On Saturday, a special flight carrying 154 Indian nationals were evacuated from Ukraine via Slovakia.(ANI)
On Saturday, a special flight carrying 154 Indian nationals were evacuated from Ukraine via Slovakia.(ANI)

A special flight operated under Operation Ganga landed in Delhi on Sunday with 183 Indians stranded in Ukraine. The flight departed from Budapest, the capital of Ukraine's neighbouring country Hungary on Saturday.

The citizens were welcomed by Union minister Bhupender Yadav at India Gandhi International Airport. He also interacted with the students.

Ukraine has been fighting Russian forces for the last ten days after Vladimir Putin launched a full-blown invasion of the east European nation. With tensions continuing to escalate, countries including India have been evacuating their citizens from Ukraine.

On Saturday, a special flight carrying 154 Indian nationals were evacuated from Ukraine via Slovakia.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting on the Ukraine conflict which was attended by the Union minister for external affairs S Jaishankar, foreign secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla and other top officials.

The Prime Minister has been chairing frequent meetings with senior officials and Union ministers amid the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

Earlier on Saturday, the ministry of external affairs said that over 13,300 people have returned to India so far under the 'Operation Ganga' from crisis-ridden Ukraine.

The ministry also informed that almost all Indians have left Kharkiv city in Ukraine and the main focus of the government is to evacuate citizens from the Sumy area as it is challenging amid ongoing violence and lack of transportation.

Meanwhile, the government is constantly urging stranded students to remain inside shelters. The ministry of external affairs said the government was strongly pressing Russian and Ukrainian governments through multiple channels for an immediate ceasefire to create a safe corridor for evacuations.

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