Sikkim CM has established contact with Sikkimese students stranded in war-torn Ukraine and is coordinating with the Centre for bringing them home safely.
In his social media page on Friday morning, Chief Minister P.S. Golay informed the worried parents that as of yet, the State government has received details of 20 Sikkimese students currently stranded in Ukraine.
Sikkim CM Contacts Indian Embassies
“We have contacted the Ministry of External Affairs and have provided the details. Indian Embassy in Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia have been also contacted and are working towards coordinating an alternate route for evacuation.
We are in constant touch with the students and taking feedback on their status,” said the Chief Minister.
Golay, in his social media post Thursday evening, shared that the State government in coordination with the Centre will extend every support to bring the stranded students back home.
He also requested the stranded people of the state in Ukraine to contact Ratnamani Pradhan, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Chief Ministers’ Office, Gangtok at 9735123333 or via mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several students from the state are among the 20,000 Indians stranded in war-torn Ukraine as Russia started pounding its former territory with bombs and missiles from Thursday morning.
No evacuation through Air India was possible on Thursday because of missile attacks and a martial law has been imposed in the beleaguered nation.
Families of these stranded Sikkimese students are deeply worried about the safety of their children as the war could continue with food and water supplies running out in most Ukrainian cities including capital Kyiv.
As per latest reports, Russian troops have reached Kyiv and heavy fighting is taking place in the Ukrainian capital city.
It cannot be ascertained as to how many Sikkimese students are in Ukraine presently. These Sikkimese students are pursuing medical and other courses in different universities in Ukraine.
Most of them are from South Sikkim and West Sikkim and, as per their parents, they are not in proper contact as the war broke out.
Meanwhile, India has set up camps on Ukraine’s borders touching Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia for evacuation of stranded nationals from the war-hit east European nation.
With Ukraine closing its airspace after Russia launched a military operation in the country on Thursday, the Indian Embassy in Kiev has asked the Indian nationals to start moving towards the bordering areas so that they can be evacuated safely.
The Embassy issued two advisories urging Indian nationals to start moving towards the country’s western border check-posts.
The Embassy stated that the Polish government is allowing people to cross the border on foot only through the Shehyni-Medyka border point.