Modi thanks Zelensky for extending help to evacuate Indians from Ukraine

The first conversation took place on February 26.

New Delhi: In a phone call on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modithanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for extending support in the evacuation of Indian nationals from the war-torn nation, government sources here said.

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“During the 35 minute-long telephonic conversation, the two leaders discussed the evolving situation in Ukraine and Prime Minister Modi thanked President Zelensky for the help extended by the government of Ukraine in evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine,” the sources said.

This was Modi’s second interaction with the Ukrainian leader since Russia began its military assault on Kiev on February 24.

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The first conversation took place on February 26.

The Prime Minister is also likely to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday during which he will to seek the latter’s support for a safe passage to evacuate Indian nationals, mostly students, currently stranded in the Ukrainian cities of Sumy, Odessa, Kharkiv and Mariupo, said the sources.

This will also be Modi and Putin’s second conversation since the onset of the war. They earlier spoke on the evening of March 3.

Meanwhile, India has continued sending relief material to the war-torn nation as part of humanitarian assistance via Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft which are deployed for the evacuations of stranded Indians.

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