Tuesday, February 22, 2022

First rescue flight from India lands in Kyiv to bring back citizens

New Delhi: Air India’s first of three flights landed in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv today to bring back Indian nationals as tension along the Russia-Ukraine border escalated on Tuesday.

Air India had earlier announced it would fly three Vande Bharat Mission flights to Ukraine. The planes will fly in and out of Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport on February 22, 24, and 26.

Earlier in the day, the Indian embassy in Ukraine had asked students to return without waiting to confirm online classes by local universities.

India voiced “deep concern” over the border situation at a United Nations Security Council’s emergency meet on Monday. It told the UNSC that the immediate priority was to calm heightened sentiments, taking into account the “legitimate” security interests of all countries.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also called for a solution through talks. He said: “I am sure a solution will emerge following talks between Russian President Putin and US President Biden. India is in favour of maintaining international peace,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin took an alarming decision on Monday when he signed decrees to recognise Ukraine’s separatist regions of “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” as “independent”. This would mean that Russian troops could move into these regions, further increasing fears of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

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