Operation Ganga airlifts stranded Indians from Ukraine

As intense fighting is underway in Kharkiv, Sumy and Kyiv, the Government of India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has launched Operation Ganga to bring back stranded students and Indian citizens from the conflict-torn Ukraine.

Special flights are being operated by Air India under "Operation Ganga".

The sixth flight carrying 240 stranded Indian nationals has departed from Hungary's Budapest for Delhi under Operation Ganga, informed External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on February 28.

The fifth flight carrying 249 Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine has landed safely in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, PM Modi will be sending four Union Ministers to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate evacuations of stranded Indians amid ongoing Russian military operations in Ukraine.

"Indian Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and Gen (Retd) VK Singh will travel to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation mission and help students," Government sources said.

"Weekend curfew lifted in Kyiv. All students are advised to make their way to the railway station for an onward journey to the western parts. Ukraine Railways is putting special trains for evacuations," the Indian Embassy in Ukraine said in a tweet.


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