Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Ready to help those from neighbouring, developing nations stranded in Ukraine: India

United Nations: India voiced concern over the “urgent and pressing” humanitarian situation developing in Ukraine and told the UN Security Council that apart from evacuating its own citizens, New Delhi stands ready to help those from neighbouring and developing countries stranded in Ukraine and in need of assistance.

“There is an urgent and pressing humanitarian situation developing in Ukraine. In such times of conflict, India attaches the highest priority to safety and well-being of civilians, in particular women, children and elderly. We are of the view that core principles of humanitarian assistance should be fully honoured,” India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said at the Security Council meeting Monday on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

Tirumurti voiced deep concern for the safety and security of thousands of Indian citizens, including students, stranded in Ukraine.

“Our evacuation efforts have been adversely impacted by the developments on ground at the border crossings,” Tirumurti said.

Underlining that the safety of Indian nationals is of “paramount importance” to the Indian Government, Tirumurti told the Council that senior Ministers from the Government of India are being deployed as Special Envoys to Ukraine's neighbouring countries.

“We thank them for their cooperation at this difficult time. We stand ready to help those from neighbours and developing countries who are also stranded in Ukraine and may seek assistance,” he said.

01/03/22 PTI/Deccan Chronicle

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