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Govt deputes 4 ministers to visit countries neighbouring Ukraine to oversee evacuation of Indian citizens 

Amid the Russia-Ukraine war, the Indian government has assigned its four ministers the task of visiting neighbouring countries to oversee the safe evacuation of stranded Indians, mostly students pursuing medical courses.

Union Ministers Hardeep Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and General VK Singh (retd) will visit countries neighbouring Ukraine and coordinate the evacuation mission and help the students.

While Scindia will look at Romania and Moldova, Rijiju will fly to Slovakia. Puri will visit Hungary and Gen Singh will coordinate the evacuation at Poland.

A contingent of 249 persons arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi today on the fifth flight under Operation Ganga. All have been brought from Bucharest Airport in Romania.

Repatriated passengers praised the Indian Embassy officials for their safe evacuation from Ukraine. Amid the Ukraine-Russia crisis, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine has advised Indian nationals not to visit any border posts without prior coordination with government officials.

More than 15,000 Indian students are stranded in Ukraine amid the war between Russia and Ukraine. Operation Ganga is underway to bring them home and over 1,100 students have already been brought to India in five Air India flights so far. However, thousands of Indians are still awaiting escape from the war-torn nation.

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