PM Modi speaks to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, expresses concern over humanitarian crisis due to ongoing war
This was the second telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Modi and the Ukrainian President since February 26
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and expressed deep concern about the ongoing conflict and resultant humanitarian crisis, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
According to the PMO, Prime Minister Modi reiterated his call for immediate cessation of violence, while emphasizing that India has always stood for peaceful resolution of issues between the two countries. The Prime Minister also stressed for direct talks between the two countries.
The Prime Minister thanked Ukrainian authorities for their facilitation in evacuating more than 20000 Indian citizens from Ukraine.
He expressed deep concern for the safety and security of Indian students still remaining in Ukraine and emphasized the need for their quick and safe evacuation.
India is concerned about the safety of about 700 students who are holed up in the north-eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy briefed Prime Minister Modi about the conflict situation and the ongoing negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.
Talking about it, Zelenskyy tweeted: “Informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about countering Russian aggression. India appreciates the assistance to its citizens during the war and Ukraine’s commitment to direct peaceful dialogue at the highest level. Grateful for the support of the Ukrainian people.”
In the meanwhile, Russia-led war on Ukraine has entered the 13th day with the East European country’s port city Mykolaiv and other cities coming under heavy attacks from Russian forces.