Union Minister VK Singh informed news agency ANI on Thursday that an Indian student was fired at in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, days after another student was killed in Russian shelling in Kharkiv.
According to the minister, the student was attempting to flee Kyiv and was wounded in the process. He was allegedly returned to the city and is being treated at a hospital.
“We heard reports that a student leaving Kyiv was shot. He was taken back into Kyiv and immediately taken to hospital. This is happening in the fighting,” General (Retd) VK Singh told ANI at Poland’s Rzeszow airport.
On Tuesday, an Indian student was slain while waiting in line outside a grocery shop in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Naveen Shekharappa, a 21-year-old Karnataka resident, had gone out to get some groceries before riding the train out of town.
The minister stated that the Center is working to guarantee that the largest number of students may leave Ukraine with the least amount of loss feasible.
Around 1,700 students are still waiting to be evacuated from Ukraine, which was assaulted by Russia last Thursday, according to the ministry.
General Singh is one of four ministers dispatched as special envoys to Ukraine’s neighbors to manage the evacuation of Indians from the country’s war-torn country.
“The Indian embassy had earlier cleared on the priority that everyone should leave Kyiv. In the event of war, the gun bullet does not look at anyone’s religion and nationality,” General Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.
Thousands of students have attempted to flee Ukraine by finding a way to enter into neighboring countries, where they are taken back to India on evacuation planes under “Operation Ganga.”
Since the advisories were published over a fortnight ago, approximately 17,000 Indian people have fled Ukraine’s borders, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. According to the government, almost 6,000 people have been transported home.
Around 20,000 Indians, mostly medical students, were in Ukraine before the conflict broke out.