Ukraine guards stop Indian students at Poland border
The Indian embassies in Ukraine and bordering countries are coordinating to evacuate the Indian nationals as soon as possible. However, the Ukrainian officials are turning the Indians away, making it a hostage-like situation.
Kyiv: Following Indian abstain from UN Security Council (UNSC)resolution on Russia’s invasion against Ukraine, Ukraine forces at the Poland border were not allowed Indian nationals and students to cross over.
Ukraine has allegedly put Indian students in a hostage like situation at the Poland border. So far India has evacuated over 450 Students from war-torn Ukraine.
Ukraine immigration officials and guards at the border allegedly told Indian students at the border that “When your government has not cooperated with us, why should we cooperate with you.” Notably, the passport and travel documents of many students have been destroyed or lost during the chaos.
Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukrainian Ambassador to United Nations, had issued a subtle and diplomatic threat to India by saying that countries that abstained from voting should have thought before making a decision. He without naming India, the UAE or China, the three abstaining countries, the Ukrainian Ambassador at UNSC said, “It is exactly the safety of your nationals in Ukraine that you should be the first to vote to stop the war to save your nationals in Ukraine, and not to think that you should vote or not vote.”
Soon after Ukrainian Ambassador statement in UN, "Situation is getting worse day by day. What is happening is they are torturing us. Indian students are being tortured. They are not allowing us to cross over to Poland. Even women students are being harassed. They are being pulled by their hair and hit with rods. Some women students have suffered fractures and injuries," Mansi Chaudhary, Indian students said, NDTV reports.
“Ukraine Border Guard is not allowing Indians to exit Ukraine. Poland Border Guard is being very helpful. But to no avail.”, the student said, the Wire reports.
"I am in the car and am going back to my hostel. Have been waiting for three days, but we were not allowed to cross over. We have been tortured like animals. They are letting their people cross over but not us," said Ms Chaudhary, who praised the efforts of the Indian embassy.
Ms Chaudhary said she would reassess her strategy once she is back at her hostel and try "alternative routes", maybe take the Romania or Hungary border route. Indian Embassy had advised students to coordinate before leaving
On February 26, the Indian Embassy had asked Indians, including students living in Ukraine, to stay put where they were and leave for borders only after coordinating with the Indian Embassy. The advisory read, “All Indian Citizens in Ukraine are advised to not move to any of the border posts without prior coordination with Government of India officials at the border posts (helpline numbers established) and the Emergency numbers of Embassy of India, Kyiv.”
On February 24, Russia announced military action against Ukraine. The war-hit Ukraine has around 20,000 Indian nationals living there. The Indian government had issued advisories urging Indians to leave Ukraine multiple times before the war broke down between the two nations. The Indian embassies in Ukraine and bordering countries are coordinating to evacuate the Indian nationals as soon as possible. However, the Ukrainian officials are turning the Indians away, making it a hostage-like situation.