Ukraine crisis; no immediate evacuation of nationals: India

Amid the Russian threat in Ukraine, the Ministry of External Affairs said that there are no immediate plans to evacuate Indian nationals from the European country. Addressing a weekly press briefing, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said no decision has so far been taken by the government so far on evacuations. He added that the Indian Embassy in Ukraine is monitoring the developments there and has issued two advisories so far in this regard.

The spokesperson said India was currently focused on the Indian citizens currently living in Ukraine “rather than anything larger than that”. Bagchi said since there were no immediate plans to carry out an evacuation, that is the reason why no special flights have been planned so far. However, the spokesperson added, the restrictions on the number of flights and passengers with regard to Ukraine have been removed as there were earlier a limited number of flights under the air bubble arrangement. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that it has removed the restriction on the number of flights and seats between India and Ukraine in the air bubble arrangement.



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