The Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the Russia-Ukraine tension on Thursday. An application has been filed in the court to direct the central government to expedite the evacuation of Indian students and civilians trapped in war-torn Ukraine. A PIL filed by Supreme Court lawyer Vishal Tiwari seeks an early hearing in the case.
Meanwhile, the petition demanded the supply of emergency supplies, including medical and food supplies, to those stranded in Ukraine amid the deadly offensive by Russian forces. According to the petitioner, bringing back Indian citizens is the responsibility of the government.
The petition claims, “Students across our country are stuck in Ukraine, and their families are begging the government for assistance.” The government is liable for the security and well-being of its citizens not only at home but also abroad, especially when the people are helpless and there is no means of transportation. The government will have to take several diplomatic measures.”
In the wake of the Russian attack in Ukraine, hundreds of Indian students have requested their safe return. There were several videos on social media showing students in tears urging the Indian authorities to arrange for their evacuation.
In a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, several state governments have urged the Center to accelerate the evacuation of Indian citizens. The Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of External Affairs have been contacted by chief ministers from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Maharashtra to request the safe return of their citizens.
The Ministry of External Affairs issues an advisory to Indian citizens in Ukraine
Indian students and citizens living in Ukraine have received an advisory from the Indian Embassy in Kiev. During the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the country has declared martial law, making travel difficult. The Indian Embassy claims that it is in touch with local establishments to accommodate the stranded students in Kiev.