India reiterates non-violence, humanitarian message at UN
Raising concern about the worsening situation in Ukraine, India stated that humanitarian action should not be politicised amid the Ukraine-Russia conflict, which has led to a pressing humanitarian crisis that needs to be addressed expeditiously.
Addressing the UN briefing on Ukraine, India's Ambassador to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti informed the Security Council that India has sent seven tranches of humanitarian supplies to Ukraine and its neighbouring countries. "Allow me to underscore that it is important that humanitarian action is always guided by the principles of humanitarian assistance, i.e., humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. These should not be politicised," he added.
At the security council debate on Ukraine, the Indian representative said the worsening situation in Ukraine and the ensuing humanitarian crisis deserves immediate and urgent attention.
"As per the UN's own estimate, 1.5 million refugees have sought shelter in neighbouring countries of Ukraine over the last 11 days. This has led to a pressing humanitarian crisis that needs to be addressed expeditiously," he added.
Tirumurti said that India has been consistent in calling for an immediate end to all hostilities.
This appeal came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi again spoke to the leadership of both sides and reiterated India's call for an immediate ceasefire and the need for both parties to return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy.
During his address, the Indian diplomat also reiterated the urgent demand for the safe and uninterrupted passage for all innocent civilians, including Indian nationals remaining in Ukraine.
"We are deeply concerned that despite our repeated urgings to both sides, the safe corridor for our students stranded in Sumy did not materialise," he added.
Tirumurti informed the security council India has managed to facilitate the safe return of over 20,000 Indians from Ukraine.
"We have also assisted nationals from other countries, who approached us, in their return to their respective countries. And we will remain open to doing so in the coming days. More than 80 evacuation flights have been crisscrossing the skies to bring them home," he said.