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India says it evacuated 17 nationals from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan from Ukraine’s Sumy

Indian student Himanshu Yadav, 20, hugs his mother Shudesh, after arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport on a special flight from Budapest carrying stranded Indian citizens from Ukraine, amid the ongoing Russian invasion, landed in New Delhi, India, March 2, 2022. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo
Seventeen citizens of Bangladesh, Nepal, Tunisia and Pakistan along with Indian students numbering around 570 have been evacuated by India from Sumy city, one of the worst-hit areas in northeastern Ukraine, Indian media reported today.

The exact break up of Bangladeshi, Nepali, Tunisian and Pakistani citizens could not be known immediately.

Small teams of Indian officials 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, our New Delhi correspondent reports.

The Indian embassy in Kyiv had tweeted late on Sunday that a team of officials has been stationed in Poltava city.

The Indians and the foreigners from Sumy were moved out through a "green corridor" to Poltova, a city near the border with Russia. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry tweeted a video of the evacuation of Sumy citizens.

The pull-out of foreigners from Sumy came a day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to both Vladimir Putin of Russia and Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine over phone seeking safe way out for them.

India had last week urged Russia and Ukraine for a ceasefire and a safe corridor so that the evacuation process can be carried out smoothly.

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