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After Modi-Putin call, Russia, Ukraine accuse each other of taking Indian students hostage Russia-Ukraine Crisis | Indian students

After Modi-Putin call, Russia, Ukraine accuse each other of taking Indian students hostage

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 03 Mar 2022, 01:54 am

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Russian President Vladimir Putin seeking safe passage for Indian students stranded in Ukraine, a Russian readout has claimed that Indian students have been "taken hostage by Ukrainian security forces" who are using them " as human shields" & preventing them "from leaving for Russian territory".

The Russian side is "trying to organise urgent evacuation of group of Indian students from Kharkiv through humanitarian corridor along the shortest route to Russia", said Kremlin in a briefing after Modi-Putin talks.

In a statement by the ministry's official representative, Major General Igor Konashenkov said: "According to our data, in Kharkiv, the Ukrainian authorities are forcibly detaining a large group of Indian students who want to leave the Ukrainian territory and go to Belgorod."

Further, he said, "The Armed Forces are ready to take all necessary measures for the safe evacuation of Indian citizens. And send them home from the territory of Russia with their military transport planes or Indian planes, as the Indian side proposed to do."

Meanwhile, Ukraine made a counter claim and accused Russia of taking hostage the students of India, Pakistan, China and other countries

Stating that these students "have become hostages of the Russian armed aggression", it said "We urgently call on the governments of India, Pakistan, China and other countries whose students have become hostages of the Russian armed aggression in Kharkiv and Sumy, to demand from Moscow that it allows the opening of a humanitarian corridor to other Ukrainian cities."