Lucknow: The government is working tirelessly to bring back thousands of Indians stuck in Ukraine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, February, 27, in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency.
“Our sons, daughters still stranded in Ukraine will be brought back. The government of India is working day and night for them. Wherever there is trouble, we left no tone unturned to bring our citizens back,” PM Modi said.
The Russian offensive in Ukraine has entered Day 4 after a full-scale invasion was launched on Thursday. “Every Indian is looking at the emerging global developments. India has always given top priority to every citizen’s life. Whenever troubled times have hit us, the government has left no scope to bring people back safely.”
So far, a total of 469 Indian nationals have been evacuated from war-hit Ukraine, out of which 200 landed in Delhi on Sunday morning and 219 landed in Mumbai on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, a fourth evacuation flight carrying 198 Indians from the Romanian capital Bucharest left for India on Sunday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said.
Following the closure of Ukrainian airspace, India is facilitating the evacuation of stranded Indians from Ukraine through its land border crossings with Romania, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
The first evacuation flight carrying 219 Indians from Bucharest landed in Mumbai on Saturday evening.
The second flight with 250 nationals arrived in Delhi in the early hours of Sunday.
The third Air India flight with around 240 Indians has also left for Delhi from Hungarian capital Budapest. India has named the evacuation mission as ‘Operation Ganga’.
“Fourth #OperationGanga flight is wheels up from Bucharest. 198 Indian nationals are coming back to Delhi,” Jaishankar tweeted.
In an earlier tweet, he said: “Third flight of #OperationGanga with 240 Indian nationals has taken off from Budapest for Delhi.”