New Delhi: Thousands of Indian students were trapped in the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine war, an Air Force plane Globemaster flew from Hindon to Romania at 4 a.m. Wednesday to bring them back. The Globemaster (Boeing C-17 Globemaster) arrived at Hindon Airbase late Wednesday night with 200 Indians. The Indian nationals were welcomed by Union Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted late Wednesday evening about 9 flights from Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland to Delhi, including the Indian Air Force. Apart from this he informed that 6 more flights would take off soon. He said in a tweet that a total of three thousand Indians would have to be brought.

“Operation Ganga” is being launched by the Indian government to rescue Indians trapped in Ukraine. An Indian Air Force official said four flights have been launched so far to repatriate people from Ukraine.

On Wednesday, at Modi’s suggestion, several Union ministers, including VK Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, were sent to countries bordering Ukraine, including Romania and Poland, to bring in Indian nationals.

About 17,000 Indian nationals have left Ukraine’s border: MEA
About 17,000 Indian nationals have fled war-torn Ukraine through its various borders since the advisory was issued by the Indian Embassy in Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry gave this information on Wednesday.

“We estimate that about 17,000 Indian nationals have crossed the Ukrainian border since our advisory was issued in the last week of January,” said Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for the ministry. He said the embassy in Kiev has been asked to set up a temporary office in Lviv to facilitate the crossing of the border by Indian nationals.

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