India has called for immediate cessation of hostilities and violence in Ukraine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday received a call from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who briefed the Prime Minister in detail about the ongoing conflict in the East European country.

According to the PMO, Prime Minister Modi expressed his deep anguish about the loss of life and property due to the ongoing conflict.

He reiterated his call for an immediate cessation of violence and a return to dialogue, and expressed India’s willingness to contribute in any way towards peace efforts.
Prime Minister Modi also conveyed India’s deep concern for the safety and security of Indian citizens, including students, present in Ukraine.

He sought facilitation by Ukrainian authorities to expeditiously and safely evacuate Indian citizens.

Earlier on Friday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar received a call from his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba who shared his assessment of the current situation.
“I emphasized that India supports diplomacy & dialogue as the way out. Discussed predicament of Indian nationals, including students. Appreciate his support for their safe return,” EAM Jaishankar tweeted.Meanwhile, Russian troops have made their headway towards the Ukrainian capital on the third day of their attack.

The Ukrainian Health Minister said that 198 people have been killed and more than 1,000 others have been wounded in the Russian attack.

Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said there were three children among those killed. His statement made it unclear whether the casualties included both military and civilians.

He said another 1,115 people, including 33 children, were wounded in the Russian invasion.