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India works on evacuating students through Russia

Amid escalating war between Russia and Ukraine, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India would facilitate the possible evacuation of Indian students through Russia's Belgorod and Kursk region.

"A team from our Embassy in Moscow had also been sent to the Russia-Ukraine border to facilitate the possible evacuation of Indian students through Belgorod and Kursk," said Jaishankar.

The minister also ensured Indians in distress situations abroad can count on their Government, adding, "We have shown this on numerous occasions before, but rarely in one as challenging as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine."

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with stakeholders involved in Operation Ganga on March 16. Operation Ganga successfully evacuated about 23000 Indian citizens and 147 foreign nationals belonging to 18 countries from Ukraine.

During the interaction, representatives of the Indian Community and private sector in Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary narrated their experiences of being part of Operation Ganga, the challenges they faced and expressed their sense of satisfaction and honour at having contributed to such a complex humanitarian operation.

PM Modi expressed his warm appreciation for Indian community leaders, volunteer groups, companies, private individuals and government officials who worked tirelessly for the operation's success. He praised the patriotic fervour, the sense of community service, and the team spirit displayed by all stakeholders involved in Operation Ganga. PM Modi especially praised the various community organisations, pointing out that their selfless service exemplifies the Indian civilisational values that they continue to embody even on foreign shores.

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