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PM Narendra Modi to hold third high-level meeting on Ukraine crisis in 24 hours

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: As India continues with its effort to safely evacuate its nationals from war-torn Ukraine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a third high-level meeting within 24 hours to discuss the situation, reported news agency. According to reports, top ministers and officials will attend the meet.

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The flurry of meetings started last evening as videos from students stranded in Ukraine poured in and flooded social media. Along with it were posts from their worried families and friends, demanding that the government immediately bring them home.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting and it was decided to send four Union ministers to the neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation process of Indians, including students, still stuck in the war-torn country.

Union ministers Hardeep Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and V K Singh will be going as “special envoys” of India. Scindia will take care of evacuation efforts from Romania and Moldova while Rijiju will go to Slovakia. Puri will go to Hungary while Singh will be in Poland to manage the evacuation.

The meeting was also attended by several ministers, including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla among other senior officials.

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The foreign ministry has said the stranded students should try to make their way to the border towns in western Ukraine after consultation with the authorities and not reach the border directly.

Modi had chaired a meeting on Sunday evening as well and had asserted that the safety and evacuation of Indians from Ukraine, attacked by Russia, is a top priority for his government.

Meanwhile, the the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday that India has managed to accelerate its efforts to get its nationals out of Ukraine in the last 24 hours, though the situation on the ground continues to be “complex and fluid” in terms of evacuation of people.

It said a total of 1,396 Indians were brought back home in six flights as part of the evacuation mission and the total number of Indians who have left Ukraine since India issued the first advisory earlier this month is around 8,000.

The MEA also said India is also sending humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

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