Dhaka/New Delhi: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for evacuating nine citizens of her country from the war-hit country Ukraine, media reports said.
Under its evacuation mission dubbed as ‘Operation Ganga’, India has rescued citizens, mostly students, from various other countries including Pakistan and Bangladesh who were stranded in Ukraine, which is fighting a war against Russia.
Earlier an ANI video showed a Pakistan girl thanking the Modi government for rescuing her from Ukraine.
Meanwhile, 23 Indian sailors, who were stranded in Ukraine’s Mykolaiv Port, have been successfully evacuated and are on their way to Bucharest, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine said.
The embassy said in a tweet late on Tuesday: “Successfully evacuated the remaining 23 sailors safely. They have crossed the Moldova border and are on their way to Bucharest.”
The 23 Indian sailors are part of a group of 75 Indian sailors who were stranded in Mykolaiv Port, in southern Ukraine.
On Tuesday 52 of them were moved out, along with two Lebanese and three Syrian sailors. The remaining 23 were moved out later on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, 410 Indians were brought back by special Civilian flights from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries by two special civilian flights from Suceava, said the Ministry of Civil Aviation press release.
The Russian forces launched military operations in Ukraine on February 24, three days after Moscow recognized Ukraine’s breakaway regions, Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said that all 694 Indian students stranded in Ukraine’s Sumy have left for Poltava.
On Monday, PM Modi spoke on phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they discussed the evolving situation in Ukraine. During the interaction, Modi voiced concern for the safety and security of Indian students who are still remaining in Sumy.
“The two leaders discussed the evolving situation in Ukraine. President Putin briefed Prime Minister Modi on the status of negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian teams. Prime Minister Modi welcomed the ongoing negotiations between Russia and Ukraine and expressed hope that they would lead to cessation of the conflict,” read a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.
India Blooms News Service