06 March 2022 – Day 11

Kerala man who came to Poland from Ukraine wants to name his child after Operation Ganga

Abhijith from Kerala, who was a restaurant owner in Kyiv, Ukraine, wants to name his child after “Operation Ganga”. His pregnant wife was also with him in Ukraine when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion. Having made it safely to the Poland border from Kyiv, Abhijith’s wife is now admitted to a hospital in Poland.

His wife is nine months pregnant and they have a due date set for March 26. He wants to bestow such a name on his child because he wants to thank the effort of the Indian government that brought them safely to Poland.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense publishes the latest data on what Russians have lost.

Ukraine has been defending itself against the Russian attack for the eleventh day. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense gave the latest data on what losses the Russians suffered as of Sunday, March 6. According to the latest data, more than 11,000 soldiers of the opposing side have already been killed. The Russians lost 285 tanks, 985 combat armored vehicles, 109 artillery systems, 50 multi-guide rocket launchers, 21 air defense systems, 44 aircraft, 48 helicopters, 4 drones, 447 military motor vehicles, 2 light motor boats and 60 tankers.

The Ukrainian army points out that these data are being clarified, and the exact calculations are complicated by the high intensity of hostilities. “Ukrainian defenders continue to hold positions and destroy enemy soldiers and equipment,” the statement said. “Let us remain united for victory!” it added.

Gujarat’s Jamnagar royal thanked Poland for helping Indians from Ukraine

“I am very happy for the way you, the government and the people of Poland have looked after the students from India, who were stuck in a horrible war-torn environment in Ukraine and returned safe and sound back to their homes in India. I express my heartfelt gratitude to the Ambassador of Poland to India, the Government and the people of Poland for this wonderful effort,” said Shatrushalyasinhji Jadeja, the current holder of Maharaja Jamsaheb.

Jadeja’s father Maharaja Jamsaheb Digvijaysinhji, the last ruler of Nawanagar state, had hosted around 1,000 Polish children, many of them orphans, from 1942 to 1946 as they sought to escape World War II. There are many places in Poland which is named after Maharaja Jamsaheb Digvijaysinhji.

05 March 2022 – Day 10

Russia will allow a humanitarian corridor from 10am Moscow time

-Ravirajan

In a major relief to the people of Ukraine, Russia has declared a temporary ceasefire for opening up humanitarian corridors for the safe passage of civilians. The corridor will be opened for residents of southeastern Ukraine’s Mariupol and Volnovakha as part of a partial ceasefire to allow civilians to leave. However, later on Saturday, Ukrainian officials said the evacuation effort in Mariupol had been stopped because the city remained under fire. Russia, meanwhile, accused Ukrainian nationalists of preventing civilians from leaving.

In the 10 days since Ukraine’s invasion, over one million people have fled the country as Russian forces continue to bomb its cities, mainly the capital Kyiv. While Kherson became the first city to be seized by Russia, heavy shelling continued in Mariupol, Chernihiv, and Kharkiv.

Poles know how important it is to defend freedom. US to provide $2.75 billion to Ukraine and Poland

-Kavitakumar

Poland has shown generosity, leadership and determination. We are grateful for these foundations of cooperation that we have built over decades,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has asked Congress for permission to provide $2.75 billion to support humanitarian services in Ukraine and Poland, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday in Rzeszow.

Blinken pointed out at a conference after a meeting with the head of Polish diplomacy Zbigniew Rau that values such as freedom, peace and security are under particular threat today. Poles know how important it is to defend freedom, just like the Americans, so we will stick together with the support of Ukraine in the face of a premeditated, unlawful and unprovoked invasion.

Ukrainian who took part in the first round of negotiations was shot dead by the Security Service of Ukraine

-Ravirajan

Denis Kireev, a Ukrainian who took part in the first round of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, was shot dead by the Security Service of Ukraine. According to Ukrainian Pravda, he was suspected of high treason. He was one of the members of the first delegation sent by Ukraine to hold negotiation talks with Russia, which took place on February 27 in Gomel, Belarus, near the border with Ukraine. Information about his shooting was confirmed by MP Oleksiy Honcharenko, according to the Interfax-Ukraine Agency.

04 March 2022 – Day 9

“Zelensky left Ukraine and is in Poland now” – Says Russia;  “Zelensky is not in Poland” – Says Ukrainian parliament 

-Ravirajan

Reports of the Ukrainian president leaving the country and he is in Poland, surfaced all over the news media. Russian State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin had claimed that Zelensky fled to Poland after Ukraine Parliament failed to get him to Lviv.

Countering Russia’s claims, the Ukrainian parliament has now asserted that President Zelensky has not fled to Poland, and currently remains in Kyiv. As well as, the Ukrainian President has disavowed such reports and maintained that he is in Kyiv. 

Day Nine of Ukraine Crisis: Ukrainian nuclear power plant on fire: extremely dangerous attack says Zelensky 

– Darshini

The fire that undermined possible catastrophe at Ukraine’s biggest thermal energy station following an assault by Russian soldiers has been extinguished, authorities said early Friday morning.

A few dozen firemen attempted to put out the blast, which started in a training building outside the main reactor complex of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s State Emergency Services (SES) said in a statement on Telegram Friday morning local time. “There are no dead or injured,” the statement added. The blaze was extinguished at 6:20 a.m. local time, the agency said in the statement, about an hour after it confirmed that firefighters were on the scene. Background radiation levels were normal and fighting had temporarily ceased, authorities said earlier.

In a Facebook post early Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of intentionally firing at the power plant. “Russian tanks are shooting at the atomic blocks equipped with thermal imagers. They know what they are shooting at. They’ve been preparing for this (attack),” Zelensky said in the post, adding “our guys are keeping the atomic power station secure.”

The very fact Russia launched an attack at the plant is itself an extremely dangerous act and could cause a potential catastrophe, he added.

“No country besides Russia has ever fired upon an atomic power plant’s reactors. The first time, the first time in history,” he said, urging European leaders to “wake up now” and stop Russian forces “before this becomes a nuclear disaster.”

03 March 2022 – Day 8

Day Eight of Ukraine Crisis: UN warns ‘ Biggest Refugee crisis of this Century’ as 1 million people have fled Ukraine

Kavitakumar

 The U.N. refugee agency said one million people already have fled Ukraine since Russian forces invaded last week. It marks the swiftest migration of refugees in this century. Also, the U.N. General Assembly has condemned the invasion and called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine. The U.N. human rights office said, at least 227 civilians have been killed and 525 wounded in Ukraine since the start of the invasion on February 24. Ukraine’s State Emergency Service has alleged more than 2,000 civilians have died, though it was impossible to verify the claim.

(photo courtesy: Czarek Sokolowski)

 “They will have no peace here,” Zelenskyy said, calling on the Russian soldiers to “go home” and describing them as “confused children who have been used.”

For the first time, Russia has acknowledged, that since the start of the invasion nearly 500 Russian troops have been killed in the fighting and around 1,600 wounded.

02 March 2022 – Day 7

Viktor Yanukovych – New president of Ukraine?

-Kavitakumar

Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych is a Ukrainian politician who served as the fourth president of Ukraine from 2010 until he was removed from office in the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution. He has a bad reputation in Ukraine. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for high treason. The trial followed the protests on the Independence Square in 2014, which went from initially peaceful rallies to protests against Yanukovych’s team. He fled to Russia in February 2014.

The Ukrainian Pravda portal, citing its source in the Ukrainian intelligence service, reported that the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is in Minsk. There, the Russians are preparing a special operation with his participation. According to one scenario, Yanukovych could be proclaimed president of Ukraine.

Mykhailo Podolak, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, said in a comment for the Ukrainian Pravda portal that the Kremlin’s desire to make the fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych the new leader of Ukraine would testify to Russian ignorance of the views of the country’s citizens.

Podolak pointed out that in Ukraine Yanukovych is an absolute political corpse, a long-time outsider with a toxic reputation, and the mere mention of him will cause resistance from Ukrainians.

Indian Embassy in Ukraine released an important advisory for Indians in Ukraine

-Ravirajan

Russian troops are preparing to attack Kiev and Kharkiv, according to the information provided. According to the Pentagon, the troops located in the north of the country have not come significantly closer to the capital of Ukraine. 

According to the Americans, Russian troops can use thermobaric weapons for the attack in Kharkiv. The Indian Embassy in Ukraine released an important advisory to Indians in Kharkiv. All Indians are requested to leave Kharkiv immediately (no later than 6pm Ukraine time) by any means as soon as possible.

Day SEVEN of Ukraine Crisis: Russia intensifying bombardments, turning Major cities into ‘War Zone’

 -Darshini

Russian missiles and rockets continue to destroy numerous parts of the second-largest city, Kharkiv. Since early morning today, a Police Authority building, Military Academy has been bombarded taking more lives, and more government buildings targeted.

Having hit the cultural heart of Ukraine, in Kharkiv officials said it was a deadly and “cruel” attack. At least 10 people were killed and 35 more were injured, local authorities have said. “This is the price of freedom,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said. “This is terror against Ukraine. There were no military targets in the square – nor are they in those residential districts of Kharkiv which come under rocket artillery fire,” he added.

Bombing in Kharkiv. Source: Getty

01 March 2022 – Day 6

Poland has issued BRAVO alarm level in two Polish voivodeships

-Kavitakumar

The BRAVO level is the second on the four-point scale of alert levels and can be entered in the event of an increased and foreseeable threat of a terrorist event occurring, but when the specific target of the attack has not been identified. 

Poland Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed an ordinance introducing the second BRAVO alert level in the Podkarpackie and Lubelskie voivodships. “The warning is preventive and is related to the current dynamic geopolitical situation in Ukraine and increased traffic on the border”, the Government Center for Security said. 

The second BRAVO alert level will be in force in the Podkarpackie and Lubelskie voivodeship from February 28 from 23:59 to March 15 to 23:59.

Day Six of Ukraine Crisis: Indian Medical Student killed at Kharkiv during shelling

-Darshini

An Indian Medical student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted. “With profound sorrow, we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family. We convey our deepest condolences to the family,” Bagchi tweeted.

Day Six of Ukraine Crisis: President Zelensky says, Kharkiv attack a war crime

Darshini

Russia bombarded the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv as it pressed on with its invasion Tuesday, challenging mounting worldwide pressure that saw a war crimes probe opened against Moscow, sanctions smash its economy and FIFA bans it from the World Cup. Additionally, the European Union has added top Kremlin-linked oligarchs and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman to its sanctions blacklist.

More than 350 civilians, including 14 children, have been killed during the invasion, according to Ukraine, while more than half a million people have fled the country.

After their first talks since the war started failed to secure an advance on Monday, Russia continued to target inhabited areas and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for a global ban on Russian planes and ships.

28 February 2022 – Day 5

“There were attacks on Poland, which were repelled” – said Polish Minister Janusz Cieszyński

-Kavitakumar

Polish Minister Janusz Cieszyński, kprm’s plenipotentiary for cybersecurity, admits that Poland was the target of cyber-attacks, but none of them was effective. Hackers from the Anonymous group have declared cyber war on Vladimir Putin. Websites of government institutions or the largest corporations in Russia are being attacked. 

“There were attacks that were repelled and their effects were not visible on the outside. Recently, our allied countries indicated that the Russians were behind the attacks on Ukraine. We presented evidence that it was the same in the case of e-mail boxes of Polish politicians – said Cieszyński.

Poland to allow Indian students fleeing Ukraine to enter without any visa restriction

-Ravirajan

Poland remains the primary destination for individuals fleeing this conflict. The Polish government has suspended visa requirements for Indian citizens. It has set up official reception points for individuals without accommodations in Poland. The students alleged that Indians specifically were not allowed to cross the border, while others said the authorities at the Shehyni-Medyka border point connecting Ukraine with Poland beat them up.

The students have revealed, through audio clips and videos seeking help, that they were stopped at the border while trying to enter Poland. After repeated pleas, while some girls managed to cross the border into Poland, most of them were forced to return to their towns in freezing temperature, they said.

In a tweet, Polish envoy Adam Burakowski said, “Poland is allowing to enter without any visa all Indian students who escape from Russian aggression in Ukraine.”

USA offered the President of Ukraine to help escape from Kiev, but he rejected

-Kavitakumar

The figure of Volodymyr Zelensky has become a symbol of Ukrainian heroism. The President of Ukraine did not leave his compatriots in difficult moments and stood with them to fight for a free homeland. The attitude of the leader caused great admiration and respect around the world. It became particularly public after he rejected the Americans’ offer to help escape from Kiev. The President of Ukraine from time to time addresses his people and the world through the media. On social networks and on television, there are videos on which Zelensky gives the latest news. An unusual situation occurred during one of his last appearances in front of the cameras. The appeal to the nation caused emotion in the translator of the German television Welt. She is probably a citizen of Ukraine. She cried on the air, for which she apologized to the viewers.

Day Five of Ukraine Crisis: Kyiv and Moscow Delegates holding discussions at the Ukraine-Belarus border

Darshini

The discussions are being held at Ukraine’s boundary with Belarus, close to the Chernobyl exclusion zone after a call between President Volodymyr Zelensky and Belarus Leader Alexander Lukashenko. Ukraine had before refused not to talk in Belarus, where Russian soldiers were positioned before the invasion. Before the talks started, the Kremlin said it would not declare its official position as Moscow’s assault against Ukraine went into the fifth day. “I suggest we wait for the talks,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “I would not declare any negotiating positions.” Russian powers have squeezed into Ukraine from the north, east, and south since the beginning of the attack that was sent off a week ago.

The United Nations Security Council will hold an interesting crisis extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly today to examine Russia’s assault on Ukraine. India went without the procedural vote, however, invited the discussions among Moscow and Kyiv.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the next 24 hours are “crucial”, this talk is most anticipated in this situation.

27 February 2022 – Day 4

Day Four of Ukraine Crisis: As street fighting continues, Russian banks blocked from SWIFT

-Darshini

Massive blasts were reported near Kyiv as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed that, “the country will stand its ground.” At least 240 civilian casualties, including at least 64 people were killed, in Ukraine that erupted since Russia’s invasion on Thursday. President Zelenskyy spoke to UN Secretary-General António Guterres to “deprive Russia of the right to vote” in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In the meantime, the US, European Union, and the UK decided to block “selected” Russian banks from the SWIFT global financial messaging system to impose “restrictive measures” on its central bank in reprisal for its action against Ukraine. “We commit to ensuring that a certain number of Russian banks are removed from SWIFT. We will paralyze the assets of Russia’s central bank. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, “This will freeze Russia’s transactions.”

Important Advisory to Indian Students in Ukraine as of February 27, 2022

– Darshini

Embassy of India closely monitoring the developing situation, in constant touch with the official authorities requesting safety of our citizens – Embassy of India, Kyiv

All the Indians stranded in Ukraine will be brought back to the country at the government’s expense. We have decided to increase the number of flights to neighboring countries of Ukraine with their permission for this purpose: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Central Govt is bringing back students who are stranded in Ukraine. We are making arrangements to bring students of Bihar back to the state from different airports. We will ensure no one faces any problem: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Fake news of Indian students suffering at Ukraine border being circulated in India

-Ravirajan

  • Indians got stuck in the border of Ukraine without food and shelter..
  • There is no one to help Indians who got stuck in the war hit Ukraine..
  • Indians are walking to Poland from Ukraine..

And many other such news is being circulated in India. However, all of these news are fake! Indian government has taken all measures to bring the stranded Indians from Ukraine back to India. Three flights full of Indians from Ukraine have already reached India safely. Today, the fourth flight has left Bucharest (Romania) for Delhi to bring back 198 stranded Indians from Ukraine under operation Ganga.

Indian Embassy in Ukraine is closely working with the Indian embassies from the neighboring countries. Indian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland has arranged food, shelter and all necessary help to the Indians coming from Ukraine.

Out of good will, many Indians living in Poland are going to the border of Ukraine – Poland, to drive them to their desired city in Poland.

Polish government has made the public transport free of charge for all those who come from Ukraine.

Embassy of India in Ukraine, and the Embassies of India from the neighboring countries have given several advisories about how to cross the border safely. Few Indians from Ukraine are ignoring these advisory and leaving Ukraine on their own. And they get into some trouble and they spread the news in India that they are suffering and no one is helping them!

After walking miles, Punjab youth claims, Indians getting little help from Indian embassy

26 February 2022 – Day 3

A video where Ukraine Army burning Russian soldier alive, has been published in cda(dot)pl

– Ravirajan

Cda one of the most popular video streaming platform in Poland. A video, where the Ukraine army men crucify a Russian soldier and burning him alive, has gone viral in Poland!

https://www.cda.pl/video/235028ce

WARNING: Watch this video under your own risk!

Ukrainian authorities urged citizens to help defend the city from advancing Russian forces.

– Ravirajan

Ukraine has banned all-male citizens 18-60 years old from leaving the country. This regulation will remain in effect for the period of the legal regime of martial law. Ukrainian authorities urged citizens to help defend the city from advancing Russian forces in the worst European security crisis in decades.

The Ukrainian military said Russian troops attacked an Army base on a main avenue but the assault was repelled. “The fate of Ukraine is being decided right now,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

First AI flight carrying 219 Indians from Ukraine lands in Mumbai

Ravirajan

The first Air India flight carrying 219 Indians from Ukraine landed at the Mumbai airport from Bucharest, Romania this evening.  Air India flight AI-1944 touched down the runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport at 7.50 pm, India time. Union Minister Piyush Goyal was at the airport to receive the Indian nationals returning from war-hit Ukraine on their arrival.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki Visits Berlin

-Kavitakumar

Morawiecki went to Berlin for talks on Saturday with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. “We are at a dramatic moment in history and we are accountable to the tribunal of history for our decisions and for the decisions of all those who can influence what is happening in Ukraine,” the head of the Polish government said during the briefing.

“Russia not only wants to deprive Ukraine of its sovereignty, but kills children, women and men. Russia wants to violate the peace order that was established after World War II. He wants to destroy the world as we know it,” Morawiecki explained. “There is no moment to lose, because the Ukrainians are defending themselves very decisively all the time, but Russia has a much stronger army,” he appealed.

Poland PM Morawiecki

Today there is no time for concrete egoism, which we also see here in Germany. That is why I came to Olaf Scholz to shake the conscience of Germany, to decide on decisive and crushing sanctions that would affect Putin’s decisions. “Putin, stop attacking Ukraine, stop murdering people” – this must be the message that will flow from Berlin to Moscow, he added.

Chechen troops have entered the territory of Ukraine!

-Ravirajan

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov confirmed that Chechen fighters had been deployed in Ukraine.In an online video, Ramzan Kadyrov said Russian forces could seize large Ukrainian cities, including Ukraine’s capital Kiev, but it was important for them to avoid fatalities.

The leader of Chechnya fully supports Putin and his narrative that calls Ukraine’s rulers “neo-Nazis”. He also spoke of 70,000 volunteers who are ready to fight on the side of Russia.

More than 100 thousand people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border since the outbreak of the war

-Ravirajan

At the moment, there are 115,000 people who have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border since the outbreak of the war,” – said Paweł Szefernaker, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration.

Referring to false information appearing m.in on the web, the Deputy Minister stressed that all border checkpoints are open and function in a normal way. “There is mobilization among Polish officers, to whom I bow, I express great respect on behalf of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, and probably also on behalf of all Poles” – said Szefernaker.

Ukraine says, “Russia is losing the war!”

-Ravirajan

The Ukrainian Armed Forces concluded that so far Russia has lost 14 aircraft, 8 helicopters, 102 tanks, 536 armored combat vehicles, 15 artillery guns and one BUK missile system in the war. In addition, 3,500 Russian soldiers were killed, and almost 200 more were taken prisoner. The Land Forces of Ukraine informed that in the coastal area of Koblev as a result of the shelling of the 28th Infantry Division, the independent mechanized brigade destroyed a boat and killed 25 paratroopers. The air force of the armed forces of Ukraine is repelling enemy airstrikes. In Vasylkov, about 40 km from Kiev, a large IL-76MD transport aircraft was shot down where about 150 Russian soldiers were present.

“We are in Control of Kyiv” says Ukraine President Zelensky

– Darshini

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has this morning insisted that domestic forces are in control of Kyiv, despite reports of fighting overnight.

In a video speech, Mr. Zelenskyy says, “We are successfully holding back the enemy’s attack. We know that we are defending our land and the future of our children. He added, “Kyiv and the key areas are controlled by our army.

“Occupiers wanted to set up their puppets in our capital. They didn’t succeed.” He added that the Ukrainian people have “earned the right” to European Union membership and this would be a “key moment of support”.

Ukraine President Zelenskyy

President Zelenskyy, who is in Kyiv, added that he hopes Hungary and Germany will “have the courage” to boycott Russia’s use of the SWIFT interbank messaging system. He ended his statement with a plea to those who have fled Ukraine to come back and fight for their country.

“Everyone who can defend Ukraine abroad please do it, Every friend of Ukraine who wants to join Ukraine in defending the country please come over we will provide you with weapons,” said President Zelenskyy.

“Everyone who is defending Ukraine is a hero.”

Russian Powers progressing towards the Capital, Kyiv

– Darshini

Heavy fighting at the Ukraine capital city Kyiv, the Russian forces moves with intense gunfire and explosions overnight. Ukraine’s leader urges civilians to wage war, as heavy battling churns around the capital. A sequence of blasts was heard close to Kyiv, reports arise of Russian powers progressing towards Ukraine’s capital. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a late-night message, said the “destiny of the nation is being settled at the present time”. Zelensky said Russian forces are shelling “kindergartens and civilian infrastructures”. Zelenskyy also appealed for a cease-fire and warned in a bleak statement that multiple cities were under attack. “This night they will storm,” he said. Amid reports of hundreds of casualties — including shelling that sliced through a Kyiv apartment building and pummeled bridges and schools — there also were growing signs that Russia may be seeking to overthrow Ukraine’s government, which US officials have described as Putin’s ultimate objective.

25 February 2022 – DAY 2

Latest advisory for Indians in Ukraine desiring to be evacuated via Poland.

Kavita Kumar

After India announced of arranging free-of-cost evacuation flights for its stranded nationals in Ukraine via the east European nation’s neighboring countries, the Embassy of India in Poland issued a fresh advisory on Friday. In this advisory, the Embassy of India in Poland asked stranded Indians to fill out a Google form, providing their passport number, email and location in Ukraine, among others, for their request to get a seat on an evacuation flight to be processed. In this fresh advisory the Indian embassy in Poland has asked Indian nationals in Western Ukraine desiring to be evacuated to India via Poland to note the co-ordinates of the embassy offices set up for evacuation. 

The co-ordinates are as follows

-Liaison Office, Lviv, Vivek Singh. Ph no – +48 881 551 273

-Embassy Office, Karkowiec, Shubham Kumar, Ph No- +48 575 467 147

-Embassy Office, Medyka, Ranjit Singh. Ph no – +48 575 762 557

-Embassy control room, Warsaw, Sukhvinder malik. Ph No- +48 606 700 105 and +48 225 400 000

https://www.facebook.com/indiapolandnews/videos/354388179888137/

Forty Indian students have managed to walk to the Ukraine-Poland border

– Ravi Rajan

Forty Indian students have managed to walk to the Ukraine-Poland border after their college bus dropped them off by some 8 km from the border. There are some 16,000 Indians in Ukraine, mostly students. Many have shared posts on social media from shelters like underground metro stations and basements amid bombings and missile attacks by Russian forces.

Camp offices in western Ukraine’s Lviv and Chernivtsi

– Kavita Kumar

The External Affairs Ministry, or MEA, has opened camp offices in western Ukraine’s Lviv and Chernivtsi. Most of the fighting is taking place in eastern Ukraine, near the border with Russia. The MEA has sent more Russian-speaking officials to these camp offices to help Indian students who are going to Poland. A group of students has also left for the Ukraine-Romania border.

Free Flights for Indians fleeing from Ukraine

– Kavita Kumar

The government is organizing evacuation flights for Indians who have managed to reach Ukraine’s neighbors. The cost will be completely borne by the government. Two chartered flights are likely to leave for Bucharest today and one flight will head to Budapest tomorrow. Those closest to the border check points in Hungary and Romania have been advised to leave first.

Ukraine requested Indian PM to Speak with Russia; Modi had a phone conversation with Putin.

-Kavitakumar

In an appeal to India, Ukrainian diplomat Igor Polikha has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop any more military adventure. “Modi-ji is one of the most powerful and respected leaders of the world. You know that you have a special privileged strategic partnership with Russia. I don’t know how many world leaders (Russian President) Putin may listen to. However, the status of Modi-ji makes me hopeful that because of his strong voice, Putin at least thinks over. We are expecting a much more favorable attitude of the Indian government in this crisis situation,” said Polikha, a veteran Ukrainian diplomat who speaks fluent Hindi.

Hours later, Indian PM had a phone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Modi reiterated India’s position that the differences between Russia and Nato can be resolved only through honest and sincere dialogue. Putin briefed Modi on the recent developments. Modi appealed for immediate cessation of violence and called for concerted efforts from all sides to return to diplomatic negotiations and dialogue.

Modi also expressed India’s concerns on the safety of Indian citizens in Ukraine, including students, and conveyed that India attached the highest priority to their safe return, the statement said. The leaders agreed that their officials and diplomatic teams would continue to maintain regular contacts on issues of topical interest.

Day Two of Ukraine Crisis: Explosions shake Capital, Kyiv

– Darshini

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

24 February 2022 – DAY 1

Russia has already captured the most important part of Ukraine – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

-Kavitakumar

Ukraine says it has lost control of the Chernobyl nuclear site after a fierce battle with Russian troops. Chernobyl was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986.

Russian troops took over the power plant while Ukrainian forces battled them on three sides on Thursday after Moscow mounted an assault by land, sea and air in the biggest attack on a European state since World War II.

After a fierce battle, Ukrainian control over the Chernobyl site was lost. The condition of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, confinement, and nuclear waste storage facilities is unknown,” said Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to head of Chernobyl plant.

Recently, engineers completed the construction of the New Safe Confinement (NSC). The NSC was supposed to stabilize the site, which is still highly radioactive and full of fissile material. But the ensuing explosions launched radioactive fallout into the atmosphere across Europe.

US President Joe Biden said US troops are not and will not be engaged in conflict with Russia in Ukraine. “Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our NATO allies and reassure those allies in the East,” he added.  

“It is impossible to say the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe after a totally pointless attack by the Russians. This is one of the most serious threats in Europe today.” – An adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, Mykhailo Podolyak, said.

Air India Evacuation Flight forced to return to Delhi as Ukraine Closes Airspace

-Darshini

An Air India airplane flying to bring back Indians from Ukraine turned around for Delhi after Ukraine said it has closed its airspace in the midst of Russian military tasks in its eastern breakaway regions. A huge number of Indians are standing by to fly back home from Ukraine in the midst of contention with Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin this morning allowed Russian special forces to operate in two separatist areas in Ukraine, which Russia on Monday recognized as independent nations.

The Air India flight chose to turn around to Delhi after a NOTAM, or Notice to Air mission was sent to flights heading to Ukraine. The government authority said substitute evacuation routes are being activated. Air India, as of late obtained by Tata groups, has flown several “Vande Bharat” missions to localize Indians when the COVID-19 lockdown was in full impact. Similar aircraft has made a couple of full circle trips to Ukraine to bring back Indians over the most recent times.

Ukraine says atleast 57 killed and 169 injured

-Ravirajan

There are 57 people who have died and 169 people injured, including both combat and non-combat injuries following attacks by Russian forces, Ukraine’s Minister of Healthcare Viktor Lyashko said Thursday. Speaking live on Ukraine TV channel, Lyashko said hospitals and medical workers had also come under fire on Thursday – including in Avdiivka and Vuhledar in Donetsk – with casualties reported among medical workers.

Russia has surrounded Ukraine from three sides

-Kavitakumar

After a speech from Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing a military operation in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, Russia launched a large-scale invasion on Ukraine at about 5 a.m. local time. Explosions were heard near multiple Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv. Ukrainian officials said more than 40 soldiers and as many as 10 civilians had been killed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began shortly before dawn.

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