New Delhi,On Tuesday, an Indian student was killed in shelling in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.Naveen Shekharappa, a 21-year-old from Chalageri village in Karnataka’s Haveri district, has been identified as the deceased.
“With profound sorrow, we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning,” said Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs. His family has been contacted by the Ministry. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family.”
A large number of Indians remain stranded in Kharkiv, where Russia has launched a major military operation.
According to the MEA, India’s foreign secretary is meeting with Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors to reiterate India’s demand for “urgent safe passage” for Indian nationals still in Kharkiv and other conflict-affected cities.
“Our ambassadors in Russia and Ukraine are also taking similar steps,” the MEA said.
In Ukraine, approximately 16,000 Indian students remain stranded. Since the Russian attack began last Thursday, many students have shared photos and videos from underground bunkers, metro stations, and bomb shelters on social media. Approximately 9,000 Indian citizens have departed on various special flights.
Several Indian students are stuck in eastern Ukraine, which has been hardest hit by Russia’s military offensive, and they are finding it difficult to reach the western borders by road. Students have also been walking to the border in sub-zero temperatures in the hopes of crossing and catching a flight back home.
The embassy had asked students to report to the Kyiv railway station yesterday, where special evacuation trains had been arranged by the embassy.
The embassy had asked students to go to the Kyiv railway station yesterday, where Ukraine had arranged special evacuation trains to transport people to the western region.