New Delhi: Expressing “dissatisfaction” over New Delhi’s position in the Moscow-Kiev conflict, now beginning to be called the ‘Russia-Ukraine War’, Ukraine envoy to India Igor Polikha on Thursday said his country expects India’s favourable attitude in the ongoing crisis, media reports said.
“I’m following all the reports on the site of your ministry and the latest advisory to your citizens in Ukraine,” Polikha told reporters in the national capital. “The recommendations and statement of your Ministry of External affairs – that was India is closely following the development of events.”
We are deeply dissatisfied with this position. What does this mean – closely following? Now, 50 people have been killed. When hundreds and thousands will be killed in this case, what will happen? Will (you) follow more closely?”
“We are expecting a much more favourable attitude of the Indian government in this crisis situation. It is the moment of truth. The moment of destiny… We are waiting, asking, pleading for the assistance of India,” the envoy further said.
Defying Western appeals and international outrage, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in Ukraine urging the Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms. “I have made the decision of a military operation,” Vladimir Putin said in Moscow, signalling the beginning of the ‘Russia-Ukraine war’.
In an address on national television, Putin announced military action in Donbas, urging Ukrainian forces to lay down their arms and go home, according to Russia’s state-run news agencies RIA-Novosti and TASS.
Putin warned that all responsibility for any potential bloodshed will be on the conscience of the Ukrainian government, and said he was confident Russian service members will fulfill their duty. Putin had earlier recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine.
Indiablooms News Service