New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Sunday, March 13, to review India’s security preparedness and the prevailing global scenario in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended the meeting.
The Foreign Secretary of India, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, also attended the meeting along with other dignitaries.
#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a high-level meeting to review India’s security preparedness and the prevailing global scenario in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/fgKK6Tc7eP
— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2022
This comes amid Russia’s air strikes on a military training ground outside Ukraine’s western city of Lviv, near the border with Poland on Sunday. Russia “launched an air strike on the International Centre for Peacekeeping and Security,”, head of the Lviv regional administration, Maxim Kozitsky, said on his verified Facebook page.
The military base in Yavoriv, located some 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Lviv, was a training centre for Ukrainian forces with foreign instructors, including from the United States and Canada. It was also a hub for joint exercises of Ukrainians soldier with NATO allies.
Earlier, PM Modi had chaired several high-level meetings to review ‘Operation Ganga’ to bring back stranded Indians from Ukraine. Amid the fast-developing crisis in Ukraine, Jaishankar will be making a statement in the second part of the Budget Session in Parliament on ‘Operation Ganga’.
He will also speak on India’s stand vis-a-vis the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The Central government launched ‘Operation Ganga’ on February 24 to bring back stranded Indians stuck in Ukraine. Four Central ministers, Kiren Rijiju, Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia and General VK Singh, were sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ukraine’s neighbouring countries to coordinate the efforts for the rescue of the stranded Indians.
So far, India has been able to rescue around 20,000 stranded citizens in more than 80 special evacuation flights. Through ‘Operations Ganga’, India has also been able to rescue several citizens of the neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Nepal.
India has so far been cautious in its response towards Russia’s invasion and has abstained on resolution passed against Moscow at the United Nations.
Meanwhile, the Indian government and the PM have received praise and been thanked by leaders of neighbouring nations for safely bringing back some of their stranded residents too.