With Ukraine defending against the Russian invasion, the Modi government has escalated the move to evacuate Indian nationals trapped in the war-torn country. Air India is sending two flights at 2 am on Saturday to airlift the Indian citizens from Ukraine via Bucharest.
The Indian evacuation teams have reached the Romanian borders, which is roughly 12 hours drive from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. The airspace closed for civilian flights, the Indian nationals will be boarding flights at Bucharest to return home safely.
Meanwhile, several Indian nationals have taken refuge in the Indian embassy in Kyiv. There were reports of shelling around the embassy premises, but no damage has been done.
Ever since Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine, the Indian government has been on its toes. The Ministry of External Affairs set up a 24×7 control room in the national capital to monitor the entire evacuation process.