Indian Students in Ukraine: Indian student shot, hospitalised in Ukraine capital Kyiv; Key developments | World News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: An Indian student has been hospitalised after he was shot with a bullet in Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine. Identity of the student was not immediately known.
Minister of State (MoS) for civil aviation General VK Singh revealed the information at Poland’s Rzeszow airport on Thursday.
“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,” Gen Singh said.
In an earlier incident, an Indian student was killed in shelling in Kharkiv. Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, a fourth-year MBBS student at Kharkiv National Medical University was struck by a Russian rocket when he had stepped out to buy food.
Here are the key developments from the past few hours in the on-going Russian invasion of Ukraine:
Russia-Ukraine crisis live updates
India ramps up evacuation, Russia promises help
Three more IAF aircraft brought back 630 Indian nationals, who crossed into a naighbouring country of Ukraine, over the last few hours. The IAF said that its planes used airfields in Romania and Hungary.
Russia offered a glimmer of hope to Indians stuck in the war zone, saying it is ready to send 130 buses to evacuate them from Ukraine’s battle-scarred Kharkiv and Sumy to its Belgorod region.
The remarks by Russian National Defence Control Center head Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed the safe evacuation of Indians.
In terms of the departure points from Europe, there will be seven flights from Bucharest (Romania), five from Budapest (Hungary), three from Rzeszow (Poland) and one from Košice (Slovakia).

PM Modi chairs meeting on Ukraine crisis
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a meeting to review the Ukraine crisis.
Also present in the meeting were external affairs minister S Jaishankar, commerce minister Piyush Goyal, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and national security advisor Ajit Doval.
Situation arising out if the Ukraine crisis and evacuation of Indian nationals were discussed in the meeting.

Situation at Ukrainian nuclear plant ‘secured’
Ukrainian authorities said the safety of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was now secured, after a fire broke out Friday when the station came under fire from invading Russian forces.
“The director of the plant said that the nuclear safety is now guaranteed. According to those responsible for the plant, a training building and a laboratory were affected by the fire,” Oleksandr Starukh, head of the military administration of the Zaporizhzhia region, said on Facebook.
The “essential” equipment at a Ukrainian nuclear power plant is unaffected by a fire there, the UN’s atomic watchdog IAEA said local officials told it Friday.
The fire broke out in a training building outside the plant’s perimeter after an attack by Russian troops, the state emergency service said in a statement on Friday.
Latest reports say that Russian forces have taken control of the plant.

Distance yourself from Russia, US tells India after abstentions
The Biden administration on Wednesday called on India to distance itself from Russia, in the face of repeated abstentions by the government on resolutions condemning the invasion of Ukraine. India is the only major US ally that has declined to publicly criticise Moscow, though it has called for an end to violence.
US officials publicly said the Biden administration is “working to urge India to take a clear position” following its three abstentions in the UN debates on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, non-votes that some in the administration and Congress see as placing New Delhi on Moscow’s side.
US officials acknowledged “pitched battles” within the Biden administration on the abstentions, ostensibly between hardliners who want to hold India’s feet to the fire, and those more inclined to accept New Delhi’s explanations for its vote: the fact that it needs the help of both Russia and Ukraine to extricate its 20,000 citizens, mostly students, from Ukraine.

Kyiv, Moscow agree on evacuation corridors
Ukraine and Russia agreed to create humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians on Thursday, in a second round of talks since Moscow invaded last week, negotiators on both sides said.
Russian negotiators confirmed that both sides had agreed to creating a way out for civilians.
“The main question that we decided on today was the issue of saving people, civilians, who are in the zone of military clashes,” Russia’s main negotiator and former culture minister Vladimir Medinsky said.
“Russia calls on civilians who find themselves in this situation, if military actions continue, to use these humanitarian corridors,” he said.
Ukraine says at least 350 civilians have been killed since President Vladimir Putin launched an attack on Ukraine last week.
Moscow claims it does not target civilian areas, despite widespread evidence otherwise.

US Senator urges Ukrainian govt to end racial discrimination at its border
A top American Senator has urged the Ukrainian government to end racial discrimination at its border, a prickly issue that has been pointed out by numerous students who have been frantically trying to flee the war-ravaged country.
Foreign students, especially Africans and Asians, who are attempting to flee the country have been complaining that they have been experiencing racist treatment by Ukrainian security forces at border check-posts.
“I want to call attention to a growing body of disturbing reports along Ukraine’s western borders, which allege discriminatory treatment and processing of certain non-Ukrainian individuals – in particular, individuals from African nations,” Senator Mark Warner said in a letter to Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the US on Thursday.

US senator calls for Putin’s assassination
Senior US senator Lindsey Graham called for “somebody in Russia” to assassinate President Vladimir Putin after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in a televised interview Thursday evening.
“How does this end? Somebody in Russia has to step up to the plate… and take this guy out,” the senator told conservative Fox News TV host Sean Hannity.
He repeated the call later in a series of tweets, saying “the only people who can fix this are the Russian people.”
“Is there a Brutus in Russia?” asked the senator, referring to one of Roman ruler Julius Caesar’s assassins.
The former presidential candidate also wondered if “a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg” existed in the Russian military, alluding to the German officer whose bomb failed to kill Adolf Hitler in 1944.
“You would be doing your country — and the world — a great service,” he added.

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