As many as 13 flights were used to bring back these students

Continuing the evacuation of stranded Indian nationals from Ukraine, India airlifted around 2500 students in the last 24 hours from the neighbouring countries of the East European nation, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Sunday.

According to the Ministry, as many as 13 flights were used to bring back these students from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries like Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.

With this, the MEA said, more than 15,920 India nationals have been brought back on board 76 flights.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that till date, the IAF has flown 10 sorties to bring back 2056 passengers, while taking 26 tons of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, under ‘Operation Ganga.’

The Civil Aviation Ministry further said that among the special civilian flights on Sunday, nine landed in New Delhi while two reached Mumbai. There were six flights from Budapest, two from Bucharest, two from Rzeszow and 1 from Kosice.

Earlier, the MEA said over 21,000 Indians have come out of Ukraine since the issuance of the advisory in January 2022. Out of these, 19,920 Indians have already reached India.

Meanwhile, the MEA control room and control centres operated by Indian embassies continue to operate on a 24X7 basis. The MEA control room has attended to 12435 calls and 9026 emails till Sunday afternoon.