New Delhi. Over 11,000 Indian nationals have been evacuated from war-torn Ukraine so far as Operation Ganga continues in full swing.In a tweet this morning, Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan thanked Indian Missions, foreign governments and volunteers for their constant support in Operation Ganga.
Talking about the evacuation drive, Mr. Bagchi said, highest attention is on the eastern side of Ukraine particularly Kharkiv and Pisochyn. He said, Indian Mission in Ukraine has managed to get some buses there. He said, around 300 Indians are stranded in Kharkiv, 900 in Pisochyn and more than 700 in Sumy.
Three C-17 aircrafts have landed at Hindon Airport today carrying 629 students from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries Romania, Poland and Slovakia. Union Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt received the students at Hindon Airport who have been safely evacuated from Ukraine under Operation Ganga. The Minister said, he is glad to see the happiness and relief on the faces of young and brave students.
Earlier yesterday, External Affairs Ministry said, over 20 thousand Indians have left Ukraine’s borders so far. Official Spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry, Arindam Bagchi said, 18 flights have landed in India in the last 24 hours carrying around four thousand Indians onboard. He added that a total of 48 flights have landed so far from Ukraine’s neigbouring countries. He said, 16 flights scheduled for the next 24 hours including four IAF’s C-17 aircraft.
Giving assurance that flights will continue to operate till the evacuation of every Indian from Ukraine, he said, with the operation of special flights a vast majority of Indian who have crossed over Ukraine’s borders would have returned back to India.