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India advises its nationals, students in Ukraine to leave temporarily amid Russia tensions

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Indian embassy in Kyiv on Sunday asked its citizens to leave crisis-hit Ukraine temporarily in view of the continued high level of tensions and uncertainty with respect to the situation in the region.

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It also asked Indian students to get in touch with respective student contractors for updates on charter flights. “In view of continued tensions in Ukraine, all Indian nationals whose stay is not deemed essential and all Indian students are advised to leave Ukraine temporarily,” the advisory read.

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“Available commercial flights, and charter flights may be availed for travel, for orderly and timely departure,” the embassy said adding that students should continue to follow Embassy Facebook, website and Twitter for any update.

Air India, which was recently sold to Tata group by the government, will fly three special aircraft to Ukraine on February 22, 24 and 26. The flights will operate to and from Boryspil International Airport, Ukraine’s largest.

Last-ditch diplomatic efforts are underway today to prevent what Western powers warn could be the imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine and a catastrophic European war.

A telephone conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine got underway today as planned, news agency AFP reported. Russia, according to Western leaders, has more than 150,000 troops along with missile batteries and warships massed around Ukraine, poised to strike.

Vladimir Putin has also stepped up his rhetoric, reiterating demands for written guarantees that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, or NATO, roll back deployments in eastern Europe to positions from decades ago

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