Russia today declared a cease-fire to conduct a “humanitarian operation” starting at 12:30 pm India time. The Russian embassy in India released a list of “humanitarian corridors” that it is ready to provide. It includes corridors from Sumy city in northeast Ukraine, where around 600 Indian students have been stranded and weren’t able to leave despite repeated efforts.
India had raised the issue at the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine yesterday. Ambassador TS Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative at the UN, said that India is “deeply concerned that despite our repeated urgings” to both Russia and Ukraine, the “safe corridor for our students stranded in Sumy did not materialise.”
“In order to conduct a humanitarian operation from 12.30 IST on March 8, 2022, Russia declares cease-fire and is ready to provide humanitarian corridors,” the Russian embassy in India tweeted.
In order to conduct a humanitarian operation from 12.30 IST on March 8, 2022, Russia declares cease-fire and is ready to provide humanitarian corridors. Read more ➡️ https://t.co/5FkSKPsLPjpic.twitter.com/oypKjjEExz
— Russia in India ???????? (@RusEmbIndia) March 8, 2022
Russia has announced humanitarian corridors from Sumy by two routes to Poltava and to “the territory of the Russian Federation to Belgorod – then by air, rail and road transport to selected destinations or temporary accommodation, in the southern direction – in agreement with the Ukrainian side”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday spoken to Presidents of both Russia and Ukraine, stressing the need for an immediate ceasefire and for both parties to return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy. He also thanked both sides for helping in the evacuation of Indian nationals from the conflict-stricken region.
In the phone call with President Putin, PM Modi had stressed the importance of the safe evacuation of Indian citizens from Ukraine’s Sumy city at the earliest.