The Russia-Ukraine crisis has given sleepless nights to parents and guardians of the students studying at various universities in the war-torn region. There was no proper communication channel available for the students. Hence, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has created a dedicated twitter handle @OpGanga to communicate with everybody affected with the on-going war.
At this time, social media tools are of great help to Indian citizens stranded in Ukraine. Students are now able to communicate with their parents and government authorities. The tagline of the dedicated twitter handle is: OpGanga Helpline, an official account of Operation Ganga to assist in the evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine.
The spokesperson for Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi tweeted:
“A dedicated Twitter handle has been set up to assist in the evacuation of Indians from Ukraine ➡️ OpGanga Helpline. Please direct all related queries to @opganga.”
Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, held an urgent meeting this Sunday. According to sources, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the foreign secretary, gave a presentation on the situation underway in Ukraine with a key focus on the evacuation operations of Indian nationals. 2000+ students have been safely brought back to the country.
During a speech at Varanasi, Prime Minister Modi said: The center is “working day and night to ensure the return of every Indian from Ukraine.”
More than 18,000 students are stranded in Ukraine and are appealing for emergency evacuation. Many students stuck at Kharkiv are living in inhabitable conditions inside a bunker. While others have been walking for hours in the freezing cold in the hopes to reach the borders and fly back to their homeland.
Amidst the crisis, we can only hope that the Indians stranded in the war-torn region, return safely to their homes.
Students stuck in Ukraine can get 24/7 assistance on the following helpline numbers:
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