India Embassy urges Indians to leave Ukraine's Kharkiv city, as Russian bombs rain down

India Embassy urges Indians to leave Ukraine's Kharkiv city, as Russian bombs rain down
India has urged its citizens to flee Kharkiv, where indiscriminate Russian shelling has already killed an Indian student.
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02 March, 2022
Indians have urged their government to speed up evacuations of their compatriots in Ukraine [Getty]

The Indian embassy in Kyiv issued a special advisory on Wednesday urging Indians to leave Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, by 6pm local time.

In messages posted to Twitter, the embassy advised Indian nationals travel to "Pesochin, Babaye and Bezlyudovka" settlements that are are 11, 12 and 16 km away from Kharkiv respectively. Students can walk to those settlements if they are unable to find transport, the embassy added.

The advisory comes as Indian journalists and Twitter users speculate that Russia has allowed a six-hour window, until 6pm local time, to give Indians safe passage out of Kharkiv before they bombard the city.

The city has already suffered horrendous assaults from Russian forces killing dozens, possibly hundreds of civilians.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to talk later today to discuss the safe passage of Indians from Kharkiv, according to Sidhant Sibal, the diplomatic and defence correspondent for WION News.

One Indian is confirmed to have been killed in the Russian onslaught on Kharkiv, amid criticism for New Delhi's delayed evacuation of citizens from Ukraine.

India has so far restrained from directly condemning Russia given the longstanding ties between New Delhi and Moscow. It was one of three countries to abstain from voting in favour of a US-drafted bill at the United Nations that condemned Russian aggression and called for a ceasefire.

Russia’s horrific invasion of Ukraine began on the morning of 24 February, and has resulted in thousands of Ukrainian deaths and widespread damage to the country’s infrastructure.