India asks students still stranded to complete online form ‘as a matter of urgency’

The Indian Embassy in Ukraine on Sunday advised all students stranded in the war-affected country to complete an online form “as a matter of urgency”. In the form, the students were asked to mention their personal details and the city in which they are blocked.

“All Indian nationals still remaining in Ukraine are URGENTLY requested to complete the information in the attached Google form,” the embassy said in a tweet. “Be safe, be strong.”

Meanwhile, the Indian embassy in Hungary said it would start the “final stage” of evacuation flights on Sunday. Authorities have asked students living in self-organized accommodation to travel to downtown Hungaria in the capital, Budapest, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. local time.

India has dispatched teams of over 150 volunteers to the Hungarian-Ukrainian border to provide on-the-ground support for the evacuation operations. The embassy has set up a control room in Budapest to coordinate efforts to evacuate Indians, ANI reported.

“We have teams on the border between Hungary and Ukraine who give us information on the number of Indians crossing the border, other teams take care of accommodation, transport, etc.”, said Rajiv Bodwade, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Israel. Bodwade was sent on special duty to Hungary.

The Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that India’s efforts were focused on evacuating students from Sumy in eastern Ukraine Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi told a press conference that the Center was exploring several escape routes for students.

“The main challenge remains the ongoing shelling, ongoing violence and lack of transportation,” Bagchi said. “It’s a matter of a safe and secure way to get them out while they’re not under threat.”

The spokesman said on Saturday that there were no more stranded students in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and that authorities would be able to evacuate everyone from the city neighbor of Pisochyn.

On Sunday, learned from government sources that most students from Kharkiv and Pisochyn either crossed over to Romania and Poland or were brought to Ukraine’s borders with the two nations.