4 Arunachal MBBS students in Ukraine

                                                                                                  Gumin Jerang’s passport                                         Ongoing Russia-Ukraine war

  • Rijiju, Guv seek MEA help

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, Feb 27: Of around 20,000 Indians in Ukraine, nearly 4,000 have returned to India in the last few days while the rest, are still stranded there, as per Ministry of External Affairs (MEA),

Four Arunachalees, namely Horli Rime, Kiran Tasung, Gumin Jerang and Miss Kiran Tasung, final year MBBS students of VN Karazin Kharkiv National University, are stranded at Kharkivin eastern province of  Ukraine, near Russian border.

This was informed by Jerang’s relative Gandhi Darang, a senior journalist, who on Saturday was first to tweet the information to the PMO, Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Dr S Jaishankar, Law & Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, state’s Lok Sabha member Tapit Gao and Cjoef Minister Pema Khandu told this daily on Sunday.

Rijiju acted immediately as indicated by the below letter written by his PS on Saturday to External Affairs Minister.

“Respected Sir,

Thank you for reaching out to MEA Control Room. We understand the difficult situation being faced by Master Horli Rime, Kiran Tasung, Miss Kiran Tasung and Mr Gumin Jerang. Embassy of India, Kyiv in Ukraine has issued advisories on the situation.

“These advisories are available on the Embassy website: eoiukraine.gov.in. These advisories are being further updated. It is requested to monitor the Embassy of India, Kyiv’s website. At present the advisory notes that it is safer to stay in familiar locations. Those who are in transit are advised to return to their familiar places of habitation. Those of them, who are stranded in Kyiv may get in touch with their friends and colleagues in Kyiv, universities and other community members, so that they can temporarily lodge there.

In case there is a critical emergency, contact the emergency lines provided by the Embassy of India, Kyiv. The contacts are as follows: 1.    +38 0997300483 2.    +38 0997300428 3.    +38 0933980327 4.    +38 0635917881 5.    +38 0935046170. Since the Ukrainian airspace has been closed, alternative arrangements are being made for evacuation of Indian nationals. It is also advised to follow Embassy of India, Kyiv’s website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for further updates”.

PRO adds:  Governor Brig. B. D. Mishra (Retd.) has taken up for urgent evacuation of three Arunachali students who are stranded in war-torn Ukraine. He has written a priority letter to External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar while sharing anxiety of the parents and Arunachal Pradesh people.

He has requested the minister to take immediate steps to evacuate state students from Ukraine and bring them back to India. Everyone in the state and including the Govt are extremely concerned about their safety, he conveyed to the minister.

“I will be anxiously waiting to hear about their safe return to India. I along with state people will be ever grateful to you for the help,” the letter added.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) or Taliban after a major escalation in conflict captured political power in Afghanistan in August 2021, leading to collapse of law and order, health system, administration and infrastructures. A deal by U.S.-IEA saw American forces leaving the country rapidly creating an atmosphere of insecurity with violence ruling the roost.

Thus, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine has planned to evacuate rest Indians through e land borders as the Centre is in talks with Ukraine’s neighbours for air evacuation.    The MEA has issued list of contact persons for Indian citizens in Ukraine

Amid the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Air India will operate two flights to bring back stranded Indians. As per a statement by Tata-owned Air India, the air carrier will fly two charter flights, one each to Hungary and Romania on February 26 to evacuate Indians. Hundreds of Indian citizens stranded in Ukraine due to a Russian military offensive are moving to neighbouring countries, like Romania, Poland, Hungary in anticipation to get out of the region.

Earlier, the Govt of India confirmed that an evacuation drive to bring back stranded Indians from Ukraine in flights. The cost of the flights will be borne by Indian Govt. Following the announcement by the GoI, India’s Ambassador to Ukraine Partha Satpathy assured that they will evacuate all Indian nationals, including students holed up in Ukraine, a day after Russia launched a massive military operation.

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