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Russia-Ukraine war: Modi ministers on duty; Scindia, Rijiju, and two others to go to Europe to monitor evacuation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a high-level discussion on the current situation in Ukraine for the second day in a row, with the evacuation of Indian people from the country a key priority on the agenda.

Following consultations, Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju, and Gen VK Singh were deployed to Ukraine’s neighbouring countries to organise evacuation efforts, according to reports.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju were among those present at the meeting.

The move comes in the wake of a troubling development in Ukraine, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin previously ordered nuclear deterrent forces to be placed in a “special regime of combat duty,” perhaps alluding to the readiness of tactical nuclear troops.

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Ukraine’s embattled President Volodymyr Zelensky consented to negotiations with Moscow as Russian soldiers and tanks advanced deeper into the nation, closing in on the capital Kyiv despite stiff opposition from defence forces.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Modi presided over a two-hour meeting to assess the situation in Ukraine and the progress achieved in evacuating Indian residents safely. During the discussion, the prime minister stated that the government’s first concern is securing the safety of Indian students and removing them.

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Following Russia’s invasion on the nation, a huge number of Indians, especially students, have been stuck in Ukraine. Since Saturday, India has begun removing them, and over 1,200 individuals have been returned.

PM Modi has also talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, urging diplomacy to calm the issue.

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