On Wednesday, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked India’s Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi for safely evacuating nine citizens of her country from war-torn Ukraine.
Under “Operation Ganga”, India has reduced stranded Indian citizens, mostly students and brought them back to their motherland. Since Russia attacked Ukraine two weeks ago, India has evacuated several other nations’ students including Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Tunisia.
The operation was started on Tuesday from Ukraine’s Sumy to Poltava after Russia announced a temporary ceasefire from 10 am (Moscow time). In Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv and Mariupol, humanitarian corridors were established following the ceasefire. A convoy of 12 busses left Sumy which was escorted by officials of the Indian Embassy.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “I checked with the control room, 649 Indian students remain stranded in Sumy. Today, they have all left in buses for Poltava”.
A video of a Pakistani student Asma Shafique thanking the Indian government for evacuating her from the strife-torn nation is also going viral. According to the reports she was safely evacuated by Indian officials and is currently on her way to western Ukraine and soon will be reunited with her family.