Ukraine War: Nearly 16,000 Indians have been brought back on special flights in the past week from countries neighboring Ukraine
India undertook successful “large-scale operations” by its air force and navy to evacuate citizens “during the Gulf War, Lebanon, Libya and Iraq without indulging in propaganda partisan,” Congress said on Monday, stressing that it is the center’s duty to “bring back all citizens” of war-torn Ukraine. The Congress statement was seen in a reference to India’s abstentions over the past two weeks at the United Nations on resolutions related to the war in Ukraine.
Nearly 16,000 Indians have been flown back on special flights in the past week from countries neighboring Ukraine, the government announced on Sunday, as wartime airspace remains closed.
Last week, India abstained in a crucial vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council that called for a high-level investigation into abuses in the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. Earlier, India abstained from voting in the UNGA and UNSC on the conflict while insisting on dialogue between the two sides and calling for an immediate end to the violence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian Vladimir Putin about Indian security issues.
As calls continue to pour in on social media about the escalating conflict in Ukraine, Congress said in a statement on Monday: “The party is alarmed and distressed by the escalation of the military conflict. The loss of innocent lives , the mass exodus of people and the increased human suffering is unacceptable.We remain gravely concerned for the safety of thousands of Indian students and citizens trapped in war zones.
Rahul Gandhi of Congress has constantly tweeted to denounce the government over the evacuations in Ukraine. “Russia, Ukraine and NATO must engage in sincere negotiations to restore peace and a lasting resolution of all issues,” his party’s latest statement read on Monday.
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