Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, said on Thursday that 3,726 Indians will be brought home on Thursday on 19 flights from Bucharest, Suceava, Kosice, Budapest and Rzeszow.
“Under Operation Ganga, 3,726 Indians will be brought home today on eight flights from Bucharest, two flights from Suceava, one flight from Kosice, five flights from Budapest and three flights from Rzeszow,” Scindia tweeted.
Meanwhile, the students who had been evacuated from Ukraine and arrived at Delhi airport on Thursday thanked the Indian government for rescuing them.
“The Indian government has taken swift action to evacuate the stranded Indian students in Ukraine. Proud to be an Indian. Indian students stranded in Kiev and Kharkiv must be evacuated as soon as possible,” said the Indian student.
An Indian student Ujjala Gupta, who received a warm welcome from her parents and relatives on her safe return to the country from war-torn Ukraine, told ANI: “I request the government to return the students trapped in Kiev and Kharkov. “, as the situation is there. seriously. I appreciate the efforts of our government to evacuate all Indians from Ukraine.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ordered the air force to join the rescue operations to bolster ‘Operation Ganga’.
In particular, the American C-17 Globemasters and IL-76 transport aircraft are most capable of flying long distances with about 400 passengers. The C-17 transport plane had greatly helped to evacuate civilians and officials from Kabul when the Taliban conquered Afghanistan and forced Americans to leave.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday that nine flights departed from Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland on Thursday.
“Today, nine flights have taken off from Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland, including IAF aircraft. Six more flights are expected to depart shortly. In total, more than 3,000 Indian nationals will return,” Dr Jaishankar tweeted.
A total of 17,000 Indian nationals have left Ukraine since the advisory was issued and the number of flights under Operation Ganga has been increased to facilitate the evacuation of the remaining students stranded in Ukraine.
Among the students who left Ukraine were also some Indians who had not previously registered with the Embassy of India in Kiev.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on the issue on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Union ministers S Jaishankar, Piyush Goyal, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla and other officials.
In recent days, the prime minister has chaired crucial meetings on the issue.
Russian forces launched military operations in Ukraine on February 24, three days after Moscow recognized Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities.
Several countries, including the UK, US, Canada and the European Union, have condemned Russian military operations in Ukraine and imposed sanctions on Moscow. These countries have also promised to help Ukraine with military aid to fight Russia.
The US, Canada and European allies agreed to remove major Russian banks from the interbank messaging system, SWIFT, meaning Russian banks cannot securely communicate with banks outside Russia’s borders. President Putin has also signed a decree on special economic measures against the US and its allies.
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