All Indians have left Kyiv, 26 evacuation flights over next 3 days: Foreign Secretary
PTI | DC Correspondent
At a high-level meeting on the Ukraine crisis, PM Modi expressed deep anguish over the loss of life of an Indian citizen in Kharkiv
Indian nationals, evacuated from crisis-hit Ukraine, being welcomed by relatives upon their arrival at the airport in Mumbai, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)
New Delhi: All Indian nationals have left Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday.
At a media briefing, Shringla said he has conveyed to envoys of Russia and Ukraine India's demand for "urgent safe passage" for all Indian nationals stuck in Kharkiv and other conflict zones.
He said at a high-level meeting on the Ukraine crisis, PM Narendra Modi expressed deep anguish over the loss of life of an Indian citizen in Kharkiv.
"We remain very concerned over the situation in Kharkiv, Sumy and other conflict zones," Shringla said.
"Over the next three days, 26 flights have been scheduled to bring back Indian citizens," he said.
Shringla said a C-17 IAF aircraft is expected to fly out at 4 AM on Wednesday to Romania to repatriate our citizens.
India has been operating flights to bring back Indians from Romania and Hungary after they crossed over to these countries.
Shringla also said that Prime Minister Modi received a call from President of France Emmanuel Macron. Modi also spoke to the President of Poland.
Apart from Bucharest and Budapest, airports in Poland and the Slovak Republic will also be used to operate evacuation flights, he said.
PM Modi chairs meet on Ukraine issue
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting Tuesday evening on the Ukraine crisis with focus on the evacuation of Indian citizens from the war-hit country, official sources said.
This was his fourth meeting on the Ukraine situation since Sunday.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and another Union minister Piyush Goyal were among those who attended the meeting besides top bureaucrats.