Indian embassy moves out of Ukraine to neighboring Poland

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India in Ukraine. Photo: Twitter @indiainukraine

After helping to evacuate over 20,000 Indians, mostly medical students studying in Ukrainian universities, the Indian embassy in war-hit Ukraine has been temporarily relocated to neighboring Poland amid what the Indian government said was the “deteriorating security situation” in the eastern European country facing Russian invasion.

“In view of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Ukraine, incuding attacks in the western parts of the country, it has been decided that the Indian Embassy in Ukraine will be temporarily relocated in Poland,” said the Ministry of External Affairs.

“The situation will be reassessed in the light of further development,” it added.

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The development came shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review India’s security situation amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Modi was briefed on the latest developments in Ukraine, including the details of Operation Ganga – mission launched to evacuate Indian citizens from Ukraine in 80 chartered flights from neighboring countries, mostly Poland and Romania – the government said.

No other South Asian country has an embassy in Ukraine, and nationals of other South Asian countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, who were stranded in Ukraine were evacuated with the help of Indian students and officials.

Prime Minister Modi sent four of his senior ministers to Hungary, Romania, Slovaka and Moldova to help in the evacuation efforts of the students.

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