Indian nationals, evacuated from crisis-hit Ukraine, pose with a
tricolour after being welcomed by relatives upon their arrival at
the airport in Mumbai on Tuesday. (PTI)
AN AIR India Express seventh flight carrying 182 Indian nationals evacuated from war-torn Ukraine landed here from the Romanian capital Bucharest on Tuesday morning, an airline spokesperson said. Union MSME Minister Narayan Rane received them at the Mumbai airport, the spokesperson said. The AI Express flight IX-1202 from Bucharest via Kuwait touched down the runway at 7.40 am, he said. An aircraft to bring back Indian nationals from Ukraine had left from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) for Bucharest on Monday. This is the second evacuation flight operated to Mumbai from Bucharest to bring back Indians from war-hit Ukraine since February 27.
The Air India Express is the international budget arm of Air India, which is now owned by the Tata Group. On Saturday, the Air India had operated the first chartered flight to CSMIA from Bucharest with 219 Indian evacuees from Ukraine. India began the evacuation of its citizens from Romania and Hungary - western neighbours of Ukraine - on Saturday after Russia launched a military offensive there. Indian embassy in Ukraine asks Indians to leave Kyiv: The Indian embassy in Ukraine on Tuesday asked stranded Indians in Kyiv to leave the capital city urgently. In an advisory, it asked the citizens to leave Kyiv by available trains or any other means.
“All Indian nationals including students are advised to leave Kyiv urgently today. Preferably by available trains or through any other means available,” the embassy said. All Indians have left Ukraine capital Kyiv: Foreign Secretary: ALL Indian nationals have left Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday.