New Delhi: Union minister VK Singh said he is leaving for Poland on Monday night to coordinate the evacuation of Indians from Ukraine amid Russian military offensive. With Ukraine’s airspace being closed to civilian aircraft, India is evacuating its citizens through its neighboring countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tasked four Union ministers to be on the ground in Ukraine’s neighboring countries to facilitate smooth and safe assessment of Indian citizens.
Singh will coordinate the evacuation efforts in Poland, Kiren Rijiju in Slovakia and Hardeep Singh Puri in Hungary. Jyotiraditya Scindia will oversee the evacuation efforts from Romania and Moldova.
Singh said Prime Minister Modi has taken a far-sighted step to send Union ministers to neighboring countries of war-torn Ukraine.
“I am leaving for Poland today and will coordinate with both Ukraine and Poland to rescue Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine,” Singh told reporters here.
He is expected to meet the Polish ambassador before leaving for Poland.
Singh said that he would like to assure the Indian citizens stranded in Ukraine that the Indian government is taking all steps for their safe return and urged them to be patient and safe.
The decision to send these ministers as India’s “special envoys” came a day after Modi emphasized that ensuring the safety and evacuation of Indian students is the government’s top priority.


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