Multiple explosions were heard in Kyiv in the early hours of Friday, these set off day two of gunfire and fighting after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the military operations in Ukraine. Several air raids were reported in the night, with missiles landing in the city and planes flying over. Adviser to the Interior Ministry said, “Ukrainian forces downed an enemy aircraft over Kyiv, which then crashed into a residential building. Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 137 people, including 10 military officers, have been killed and 316 people injured so far.

External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar on Thursday spoke with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the ongoing developments in Ukraine and their repercussions. Following the Blinken-Jaishankar call, the US State Department said in a statement that both diplomats discussed “Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine.” Additionally, Blinken “stressed the importance of a strong collective response to condemn Russia’s invasion and call for an immediate withdrawal and ceasefire.” Indian Embassy in Kyiv has issued another advisory for the Indian students and citizens residing in Ukraine, as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine escalated to military operations in Ukraine on Thursday. Ukraine has announced martial law amid the Russian attack, which has made travel difficult in the country. The Embassy acknowledged the martial law and claimed that they are in contact with the local establishments to accommodate students who are stranded in Kyiv and need a place to stay.

Source: AFP

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