The evacuation of Indian students from Ukraine got delayed due to “confusing political statements” by the Ukrainian government, EAM Jaishankar said at the RS.
Amid the raging war between Russia and Kyiv, evacuation of Indian students from Ukraine got delayed due to “confusing political statements” by the Ukrainian government, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar said on Tuesday. Addressing a suo moto session at the Rajya Sabha, his statement came in response to the opposition’s questions over the delayed step to evacuate Indian students from the war zone. He also added that the Indian students in Ukraine were “positively discouraged” by their universities against leaving the country.
“Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had himself said that there was no need to panic…Sitting here, it is very easy to pass judgment saying: we should have done this earlier or faster but please understand the situation or the students…who do they listen to?” Dr. Jaishankar said at the Rajya Sabha while delivering his statement on the ‘Situation in Ukraine.’
Citing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, EAM Jaishankar asserted that leaders in Ukraine had said those leaving the country “contribute to creating a sense of panic.” He also informed that some Ukrainian institutions showed reluctance to offer online classes. “The political signals were confusing as well. Public urging not to be taken by alarmism and reports of force withdrawals created a confusing picture,” he added.