Indian student killed in shelling in war-torn Kharkiv of Ukraine
New Delhi: Amid reports of the Russian Military advancing towards Kharkiv and Kyiv cities of Ukraine, the Government of India today stated an Indian student was killed in shelling this morning.
Reports stated the deceased Indian student has been identified Naveen Shekharappa from Chalageri, Haveri of Karnataka State. Shekharappa was a fourth year medical student of Kharkiv Medical University in Ukraine. He had come out of the bomb shelter to buy something from a nearby store when he was struck by the shelling.
Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Arindam Bagchi tweeted , “With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family. We convey our deepest condolences to the family.”
Bagchi added the Foreign Secretary of the Government of India has been in touch with the Ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to reiterate the demand for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and cities in other conflict zones.
The Indian Ambassadors in Russia and Ukraine have also been directed to ensure safe passage for the Indian nationals stranded in war-torn cities of Ukraine.
The Russian troops have also surrounded Ukraine capital city Kyiv on Tuesday and asked civilian to leave the city on the urgent note.
“All civilians in the city can freely leave the Ukrainian capital along the Kyiv-Vasylkiv highway. This direction is open and safe,” Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
Immediately thereafter, Indian Embassy in Ukraine asked the stranded nationals to leave Kyiv immediately by any means.
“All Indian nationals, including students are advised to leave Kyiv urgently today. Preferably by available trains or through any other means available,” Indian Embassy said in an advisory.
Russian and Ukrainian troops continued to engage in fighting on Kharkiv streets as war entered into the fifth day after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for military operation.