Indian student shot at while trying to escape Ukraine’s Kyiv: Union Minister

An Indian student has reportedly been shot at and injured in Ukrainian capital Kyiv, minister of state for civil aviation V.K. Singh said on Friday.

Singh is in Poland currently to facilitate the evacuation of Indians stranded in war-hit Ukraine. “Today, we heard reports that a student leaving Kyiv was shot at. He was taken back to Kyiv. This will happen in a fighting,” the minister told media persons.

Recently on March 1, a young Indian medical student, Naveen S.G. of Karnataka, was killed in shelling in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv when he ventured out to buy food for himself and fellow students.

Singh said the Centre is making efforts to ensure that the maximum number of students can come out of Ukraine with as less loss as possible.

India has been evacuating its citizens through special flights from Ukraine’s western neighbours such as Romania, Hungary and Poland as the Ukrainian airspace has been shut since February 24 due to the Russian military offensive.

The minister said around 1,700 students are still waiting to be evacuated from Ukraine, which has been facing a Russian attack last Thursday.

“The Indian embassy had earlier cleared on the priority that everyone should leave Kyiv. In the event of war, the gun bullet does not look at anyone’s religion and nationality,” ANI quoted Singh as saying.

Indians in Ukraine have expressed displeasure with the embassy’s response, saying the advisories did not give them enough notice and did not give details on the safest way to travel during the crisis.

News courtesy: The wire

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