Union Minister General (Retd) V K Singh confirmed that the student was reportedly injured while attempting to come out of Kyiv and was admitted to a city hospital.
New Delhi: A stranded Indian student was reportedly injured in Ukraine’s Capital Kyiv while trying to leave the city, informed Union Minister General (Retd) V K Singh, one of the four ministers sent as special envoys to Ukraine’s neighbouring countries to oversee the evacuation of Indian students from war-torn Ukraine.
“We heard reports that a student leaving Kyiv was shot at. He was taken back to Kyiv and immediately taken to the hospital,” Singh told the media at Poland’s Rzeszow Airport.
The incident came days after another student had died in Russian shelling in the city of Kharkiv when he was standing in a queue outside a grocery store. Twenty-one-year-old Naveen Shekharappa of Karnataka had stepped out of a bunker to stock up food before taking the train out of the city.
The minister said the Centre is making efforts to ensure maximum number of students can come out of Ukraine. He informed that around 1,700 students are still waiting to be evacuated from Ukraine, which was attacked by Russia last Thursday. “The Indian embassy had earlier cleared on the priority that everyone should leave Kyiv. In the event of war, bullets do not look at anyone’s religion and nationality,” Singh told the media.
As per reports, there were nearly 20,000 Indians, mainly students, in Ukraine before the war between Russia and Ukraine erupted. Ministry of External Affairs reported that 17,000 Indians have left Ukraine after advisories were issued.
Hundreds of students are still making attempts to leave Ukraine by somehow reaching the borders as they want to cross over to countries from where they can be flown back to India on flights meant for evacuation under the ‘Operation Ganga’.