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As Air India flight returns, evacuation options from Ukraine are being worked out


Russian-Ukrainian crisis: People board a bus at Vydubychi bus station in Kiev (AFP)

New Delhi:

India is seeking alternative routes to evacuate its citizens living in conflict-hit Ukraine after the Eastern European nation closed its airspace following a Russian invasion. An Air India flight to Ukraine turned around for Delhi this morning. Internet flight trackers show no commercial aircraft in Ukrainian airspace at this time.

Sources said high-level meetings were taking place at the Ministry of External Affairs, or MEA, to develop contingency plans and find alternative evacuation routes for thousands of Indian citizens living in Ukraine.

Other Russian-speaking officials have been dispatched to the Indian Embassy in Ukraine and are being deployed to countries neighboring Ukraine, MEA sources said.

The Indian Embassy has also issued a set of guidelines for students and other people living in the country. Kyiv was among the cities targeted by Russia.

The Indian Embassy has warned that citizens “traveling to Kyiv, including those coming from western parts of Kyiv, are advised to temporarily return to their respective cities, especially to safer locations along bordering countries. Westerners”.

Air raid sirens cut through the early morning air in other parts of Ukraine like Odessa, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk and Mariupol.

“The current situation in Ukraine is very uncertain. Please maintain your calm and stay safe wherever you are, whether in your homes, hostels, accommodations or in transit,” the Indian Embassy said.