An Air India flight carrying Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine took off yesterday to return them amid rising tensions between Russia and the West. Special operations aircraft, a Dreamliner B-787 equipped with a capacity of more than 200 seats, have been deployed, according to ANI. The aircraft will return tonight to Delhi.
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Here is important information about the case:
Ukraine is home to more than 20,000 Indian students and citizens. In addition, Indian students and citizens live and study in different parts of Ukraine and its border areas, according to India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti. Our priority is also the welfare of Indians, he said.
Air India announced on February 18 that it will operate three Vande Bharat flights between India and Ukraine in February after the Indian government lifted its restriction on flights to and from Ukraine under the air bubble arrangement. (VBM) flights.
Twitter announced that Air India, a Tata Group company, will serve Ukraine’s Boryspil International Airport three times in February.
A control room was set up on Wednesday by the Ministry of External Affairs to provide assistance and information to Indians stranded in Ukraine. A 24-hour helpline has also been launched by the Indian Embassy in Ukraine for Indians living in Eastern European countries.
Media reports suggest Russian ‘peacekeeping forces’ are expanding in Donetsk. Russian President Joe Biden has condemned the move. He has spoken with the French President and the German Chancellor. Ukraine’s president demanded complete sanctions against Russia and international support.
At the meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN stated that tensions between Ukraine and Russia have escalated. Peace and security in the region could be undermined by those developments.
The consequences of Russia’s actions will be dire for Ukraine, for Europe, and for the world, says US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. The US declared that giving independent recognition to two rebel and separatist regions of Ukraine was an excuse to incite war in the region.