India Sets Evacuation Camps on Ukraine’s Borders
NEW DELHI – India has set up camps on Ukraine’s borders touching Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia for evacuation of stranded nationals from the invaded European nation.
With Ukraine closing its airspace after Russia attacked the country, the Indian embassy in Kiev has asked the Indian nationals to start moving towards the bordering areas so that they can be evacuated safely.
The embassy issued two advisories urging Indian nationals to start moving towards the country’s western border check-posts.
In the first advisory, the embassy stated: “Indian nationals arriving at the Poland-Ukraine border by public conveyance, i.e., by bus or taxi, are advised to make for the Shehyni-Medyka border crossing, not the Krakowiec crossing.”
The embassy stated that the Polish government is allowing people to cross the border on foot only through the Shehyni-Medyka border point.
“Indians crossing into Poland may kindly register their details by processing their requests for seats in the repatriation flights which will be arranged shortly,” it stated.
In the second advisory, the Embassy said that it is working to establish evacuation routes from Romania and Hungary.
“At present, teams are getting in place at the Chop-Zahony Hungarian border near Uzhhorod Porubne-Siret, and Romanian border near Chernivtsi,” the Embassy stated.
Indian nationals, especially students, living closest to the above border check-posts have been advised to depart first in an organized manner, in coordination with teams from the Ministry of External Affairs, to actualize this option.
“Once the above routes are operational, Indian nationals travelling by their own arrangements for transport would be advised to proceed to the above border check-points, and remain in touch with the helpline numbers set up at the respective check-points for facilitation through the border,” the Embassy stated.
Students have been advised to remain in touch with student contractors for orderly movement. (with IANS inputs)