India advises its nationals to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine
The advisory has been issued in view of possible Russian attack on Ukraine
As the tension over a possible Russian attack on Ukraine is increasing, the Indian embassy in Kiev has advised Indian nationals to avoid all non-essential travel to and within the East European country.
“In view of the uncertainties of the current situation in Ukraine, Indian nationals in Ukraine, particularly students whose stay is not essential, may consider leaving temporarily. Indian nationals are also advised to avoid all non-essential travel to and within Ukraine,” Indian embassy said in an advisory issued on Tuesday.
The Indian embassy further asked Indian nationals to keep the mission posted about the status of their presence in Ukraine so that it would reach them when required. “The embassy continues to function normally to provide all services to Indian nationals in Ukraine,” the embassy said.
The US believes that military action on Ukraine could happen any day and it is possible that Russian President Vladimir Putin could move ahead with his decision with little to no warning from America of “severe consequences” in case Ukraine is attacked.
The US on Monday said it will close its embassy in Ukraine and move all remaining staffers to a nearby city near the Polish border as invasion fears intensify.
In the meanwhile, the US has once again asked its citizens to leave Ukraine immediately.
The White House said an invasion could begin with aerial bombing that would make departures difficult and endangering civilians’ life.
Russia has placed more than 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine, but it has repeatedly denied any plans to invade Ukraine.
Earlier on February 11, President Joe Biden hosted a video call with leaders of the European countries and agreed to take co-ordinated action to inflict severe economic consequences on Russia if it invaded Ukraine.
To beef up security around Ukraine, the US has decided to deploy further 3000 troops to Poland.
The US authorities said the American troops will not fight in Ukraine, but will ensure the defence of US allies.
Tension between Russia and Ukraine has been simmering since Moscow attacked the East European country in 2014 and annexed Crimea.
Moscow says it wants assurance from Kiev that it is not joining NATO.
However, Ukraine has maintained that its desire to become a part of NATO and the European Union remains an absolute priority.