Russia’s attack on Ukraine only added to the difficulties. The Indian Embassy in Ukraine has made a third advisory for the stranded Indians here in the evening. The Indian embassy said, “We know that air sirens and bomb warnings are being heard in some places. If you are also facing a similar situation, Google Maps has details of the nearest bomb rescue shelters, many of which are located in the underground metro.”
The embassy said that for those living in Kiev, The official link of Kiev city administration is also given.
There are around 18,000 Indians in Ukraine, many of them are students. Air India was sent to rescue the stranded Indians, but the plane has returned as Ukraine has closed its airspace for commercial flights.
Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said, “Since airspace in Ukraine is closed, we have put on hold the measures to bring back Indians by flight for the time being. We are working on alternative steps to bring back Indians stranded in Ukraine.”
The Ministry of External Affairs has decided to send more diplomats to this area to help the Indian Embassy.
“As you are aware, there is martial law in Ukraine which has made movement difficult,” the advisory said.
It said, “However, the Embassy is exploring possible solutions in view of the situation, be alert and safe about the things around you and do not leave your homes unless necessary. Keep your documents with you at all times.”