CM Bommai calls Indian students struck in Ukraine, assures help
Bommai assured the students of every possible measure taken by the government for their safe return to India.
Bengaluru: Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai has spoken to several students of Karnataka who have been stranded in Ukraine after the Russian full-scale war against Ukraine.
According to the reports, the CM called up the medical students of Karnataka over the phone and inquired about their situation.
Bommai assured the students of every possible measure taken by the government for their safe return to India. Talking to the CM, the students said that they have walked for twenty kilometers from Kharkiv to reach safer places after Russia intensified attacks.
Chief Minister's assurance came after the tragic death of Naveen, a medical student studying in Kharkiv. During Russian shelling, Naveen was killed. He was from Chalagere village of Ranebennuru taluk in Haveri district. Naveen went out on Tuesday to procure groceries and exchange currency, while he was standing in a queue before the super market, Russian shelling hit him.
The students however said that they were safe as the CM spoke to students including Gagangouda of Bengaluru.
The CM who tried to instil confidence among the students said that the officials of Karnataka were in constant touch with the Ministry of External Affairs on the condition and safety of the students. “ Our government is doing everything to ensure the safety of the students and their safe return to India”, he said.
According to sources around 200 students of Karnataka are still stranded in Kharkiv. Some of the students have reached Lviv city which is closer to Poland border by train from Kharkiv which is witnessing large scale devastation.
The students said that they caught the train after Russia halted its attack for some time and train services resumed.
The students however have been complaining that they have been receiving no help from the Indian embassy located in Ukraine.
The majority of the students were forced to arrange vehicles on their own or walk for miles to reach countries such as Poland from where they are catching flights back to India.