Indian nationals stuck in Ukraine should stay calm and remain wherever they are residing, Russian diplomatic sources said on Friday amid India’s diplomatic overdrive to evacuate its citizens from the eastern European nation.
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The sources said President Vladimir Putin conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night that the Russian military operation in Ukraine does not represent any threat to the civilian population.
“The Indian nationals should stay calm and not panic. They should stay wherever they are residing,” said a Russian diplomatic source.
In his telephonic conversation with Putin, the prime minister “sensitised” him about concerns over the safety of the Indian citizens in Ukraine and conveyed that India attaches the highest priority to their safe exit and return home, according to an official statement.
A Russian readout said the President of Russia said that “necessary instructions would be given”.