Russia-Ukraine Crisis: War fears loom large, PM Modi speaks to Putin for safe return of Indian citizens

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As Russian forces enter Ukraine to attack the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Russian president Vladimir Putin Thursday night.

The US and other NATO members have sent military aid to Ukraine but there is no move to send troops to fight alongside Ukrainian forces.

Mr Putin maintains that Russia is carrying out “a special military operation” to protect people, including its citizens, subjected to “genocide” in Ukraine.

Appealing for an “immediate cessation of violence” Mr Modi reiterated his concern for the safe exit of Indian citizens from Ukraine.

A statement from the PMO said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for “concerted efforts from all sides to return to the path of diplomatic negotiations and dialogue”.

India expressed its “long-standing conviction that the differences between Russia and the NATO group can only be resolved through honest and sincere dialogue,” PMO said.

India-Russia connection

Russian President Vladimir Putin also briefed PM Modi about the recent developments regarding Ukraine.

Several Indian citizens are currently stuck in the highly-disturbed area Ukraine. India expressed its concern specially for the safe return of Indian students.

Besides, regular interactions will take place on issues of topical interest between India and Moscow.

Russia began its military operations against Ukraine on Thursday morning. The crisis goes back to the times of Soviet Union.

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis is also going to have global repercussions economically, socially and politically.

Tanks and other heavy equipments could be seen rolling into many northern regions of Ukraine and separatist controlled areas in the east. These are the regions that Russia has formally recognized as independent nations and the Kremlin-annexed peninsula of Crimea in the south.

Throughout the day, Russian missiles kept attacking multiple cities in Ukraine. As per the Russian Defence Ministry, it destroyed 74 above-ground military infrastructure facilities in Ukraine, including 11 aerodromes. Ukraine said Russia had carried out 203 attacks since the day began.

Putin also claims that Ukraine is a puppet of the West. Russian President cleared his stance saying that “what was happening left us with no choice”.

Ukraine Envoy Igor Polikha also sought India’s intervention saying that the “stature of Modi-ji makes me hopeful, that with Modi ji’s strong voice, Putin will think”.

PM Modi also held a meeting with his top ministers, where he underscored the need to focus on bringing the Indian nationals home safely.

Ukraine President stays strong

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday vowed to stay in Kyiv as the Ukrainian troops battled Russian invaders. The Opponent troops advanced toward the capital in the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two.

Russia also launched its invasion by land, air and sea this week. Besides, an estimated 100,000 people fled after explosions and gunfire rocked its major cities.

According to the U.S. and Ukrainian officials, Russia, basically, aims to capture Kyiv and overthrow the government.

Moscow on Thursday also seized the Chernobyl former nuclear power plant north of Kyiv.

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