So far 6,000 Indians have been brought home from Ukraine: Union Minister Muraleedharan

Pune, Mar 2 (PTI) So far 6,000 of the 20,000 Indians stranded in Ukraine, the eastern European country badly hit by Russia’s military operation, have been brought home. Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan gave this information on Wednesday.

He told that the central government is making all efforts for the safe return of the rest of the Indians.

Muraleedharan was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event here. He said, “Around 20,000 students/citizens were stranded in Ukraine. Of them, 4,000 were brought to India before February 24. At the same time, another 2,000 students were brought back till Tuesday.

“Efforts are on to rescue the rest of the Indians stranded in the Eastern European country,” the Union Minister said.

Muraleedharan said that since the number of Indians stranded in Ukraine is very high, defense aircraft are being used to bring them to India.

He told that with the help of neighboring countries of Ukraine – Romania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, Indians are being evacuated safely from there and brought to India.

The Government of India had started ‘Operation Ganga’ for the evacuation of Indians trapped in Ukraine.

Asked about Shiv Sena’s allegation that the name ‘Operation Ganga’ is being used keeping in mind the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Muraleedharan said, “It is not a political issue. This is a national issue. It deals with the security of Indian citizens. There should be no objection to the name.”

In Pune, Muraleedharan also met the parents of some students stranded in Ukraine.

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