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Air India to run 3 flights between India and Ukraine, first one today

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Amid the ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Air India will be operating three flights on the India-Ukraine route, starting Tuesday. The other two flights are scheduled for Thursday 24 and Saturday 26.

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The flights will take off from Boryspil International Airport and bookings are open through Air India booking offices, website, call centre and authorised travel agents. “#FlyAI : Air India will operate 3 flights between India-Ukraine (Boryspil International Airport) India on 22nd, 24th & 26th FEB 2022 Booking open through Air India Booking offices, Website, Call Centre and Authorised Travel Agents,” Air India said in a Tweet on Friday.

As tensions escalated between the NATO countries and Russia over the Ukraine crisis, the Indian embassy in Kyiv issued a fresh advisory in which it also asked all the Indian students to leave that country temporarily.

“In view of the continued high levels of tensions and uncertainties with respect to the situation in Ukraine, all Indian nationals whose stay is not deemed essential and all Indian students are advised to leave Ukraine temporarily,” the embassy said.

It said available commercial flights and charter flights may be availed for travel, for “orderly and timely departure” from Ukraine.

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“Indian students are advised to also get in touch with respective student contractors for updates on charter flights, and also continue to follow Embassy Facebook, website and Twitter for any update,” the embassy said.

The US and its Western allies have been severely critical of Russia over its build-up of forces near the Ukraine border.

In an advisory issued on Tuesday, India also requested its nationals to keep the Embassy informed about the status of their presence to enable the Embassy to reach them where required.

Tensions over Ukraine have increased over the past few months. Russia and NATO have been accusing each other of amassing troops on the Ukrainian border.

In the latest escalation, Russia has recognised two breakaway regions as independent in what is being seen as a precursor to the invasion.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is holding an emergency meeting over the issue. It will be an “open meeting”, officials informed, and India will also make a statement.

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The United States has warned that Russia will invade Ukraine “any given day”. However, Moscow continues to deny the claims and maintains that it has no intention of attacking any country. Australia also lashed out on the Russian Presidency calling their intentions of peacekeeping “nonsense”.

Tensions grew after around 150,000 Russian troops were spotted just over the Ukraine border from the Donbas region in the east, in Belarus to the north and Crimea to the south. Experts fear this may lead to the biggest setbacks to the world peace since the Cold War.

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