New Delhi: India has requested its residents dwelling in Ukraine to not panic over experiences of individuals not getting flight tickets amid rising tensions between the previous Soviet state and its neighbour Russia, which has deployed troops, tanks and warplanes alongside the border, resulting in fears of an invasion.
Amid ongoing border tension between Russia and Ukraine, sources said discussions are underway with civil aviation authorities and various airlines on how to increase the number of flights between India and Ukraine.
India’s embassy in Ukraine, in a tweet, said it is aware of reports of people not getting flights; however, it asked Indians living in Ukraine not to panic as more flights are being planned.
The embassy did not specify by when exactly the additional flights would be operational. It said details would be shared by the embassy “as and when confirmed”.
“Embassy of India has been receiving several appeals about non-availability of flights from Ukraine to India. In this regard, students are advised not to resort to panic, but book the earliest available and convenient flights to travel to India,” the embassy tweeted.
“At present, Ukrainian International Airlines, Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, Qatar Airways etc are operating flights,” it said.
The embassy said “more flights are being planned in the near future”, including from Air India and Ukrainian International Airlines.
“Indian nationals are requested to keep the Embassy informed about the status of their presence in Ukraine to enable the Embassy to reach them where required,” the embassy said.
It said the mission continues to function normally to provide all services to Indian nationals in Ukraine.
The US and its Western allies have been severely critical of Russia over its continuing build-up of forces near the Ukraine border.
The US has already sent extra troops to Europe to support its allies in the backdrop of fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.