Ukrainian authorities are trying to assist in the release of restricted Indians, despite a “very difficult and complex” land situation, the country’s official said on Monday.
Representative Igor Polikha said he personally reached out to the Ukrainian security forces asking them to help the detained Indians.
“The situation is very difficult and complicated. My resources are limited. We are a victim of anger. Yet we are trying to help people with those of other countries,” he said at a press conference.
Polikha said the situation at the Ukraine-Poland border was challenging as lakhs of people, including government officials, foreigners and Ukrainian citizens, lined up to leave Ukraine.
“In the case of Indian countries, we are also trying to use personal contacts to help them. However, you have to understand the realities of the land. We are at war,” he said.
Asked if he could ensure the safety of Indian students, Polikha said only Russian President Vladimir Putin could give that assurance.
“I do not know what will happen there after three hours. We are trying to help everyone,” he said.
According to Indian government officials last week, there are 16,000 Indians in Ukraine.
In the wake of a Russian military coup, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Sunday that more than 2,000 Indians had been killed in the past few days.