All Indian students left in Sumy moved out: Govt

New Delhi: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today said all 694 Indian students, who were stranded in Sumy, have left for Poltava in buses.

‘I checked with the control room, 694 Indian students were remaining in Sumy. Today, they have all left in buses for Poltava,’ Puri told reporters.

Multiple small teams of Indian officials had been rushed to the eastern part of Ukraine to facilitate the Indians, mostly students who had taken shelters in campuses and bunkers.

Buses and vehicles were also arranged to ferry the students. The Indian embassy in Kyiv had tweeted late on Sunday that a team of officials has been stationed in Poltava city.

Sumy, located near the Russian border and around 350 km east of Ukrainian capital Kyiv, has seen heavy fighting since the invasion. Today, at least nine people, including two children, died in an air strike in the city.

India carried out the evacuation process despite shelling by the Russian forces in Sumy. In fact, the government last week had urged both Russian and Ukrainian authorities for a ceasefire so that the evacuation process can be carried out without any fear.