Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Madhya Pradesh students in Ukraine begin home trip on Vande Bharat flights

Bhopal: Students from Madhya Pradesh, who were in Ukraine, started taking the special Air India flights back home on Tuesday.

Around 200 youngsters from MP were studying in Ukraine, mostly medicine. When TOI had spoken with some of them less than a week ago, they were keeping their fingers crossed but not unduly worried.

Most of them were reluctant to return home, saying they couldn't afford the travel costs and the return trip. Some of them had begun packing their bags, 'just in case'.

On Tuesday, with Russia ordering troops into separatist areas of Ukraine, India began evacuating its nationals. When TOI called one of them, Miraj Khan, he said was boarding an aircraft in Kyiv.

"I am at the airport and coming back home (to MP). I am keen to reach home soon," he said. Another student, Sanskaar Verma, told TOI that he and fellow Indians were leaving Ukraine too.

"Yes, we will come back soon," said the first-year medical student who is pursuing his degree from Ternopil University.

In Bhopal, the parents of one of the students are counting down the hours. Requesting not to be named, they said their son wasn't keen on coming back.

"We had asked him to return but he wanted to wait it out as air fares are too expensive. Now, the situation has become tough and he has no option. He has decided to come back at the earliest," they said.

23/02/22 Ramendra Singh/Times of India

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