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ISKCON Temples Distribute Food among People Stranded on Borders

There are 54 ISKCON temples in Ukraine. (Photo: @RadharamnDas)

During the war in Ukraine, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has helped the people of that country.

The situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate as it is the fifth day of Russia’s invasion of the country. While the people of Ukraine are desperately seeking help in times of uncertainty, the International Federation of Krishna (ISKCON) has extended its assistance to the people of the country during the war. ISKCON provides shelter to the people inside the temple doors. In addition, at the request of the Indian Embassy, ​​ISKCON members have started a large food aid project in Hungary to provide returning students and fresh food. ISKCON Vice President Radharamn Das said on Saturday that there are 54 ISKCON towers in Ukraine ready to help those in need.

ISKCON members were seen providing fresh food and water to restricted Indians across the border from Ukraine to Hungary in videos and photos posted on social media. ISKCON also plans to expand this to incoming Ukrainian refugees.

This comes a day after Ravinder Singh, founder of the UK-based Sikh group Khalsa Aid, said that Sikh volunteers are providing free langar to students in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, 710 Indian students successfully evacuated from Ukraine after the war broke out on the Romanian border. Despite repeated government warnings for Indian students to leave Ukraine in the wake of a full-blown attack in Russia, some 18,000 students are still stranded in the eastern European country. On Saturday night, the first flight of Air India AIC 1944, landed at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. The plane took off from Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport, carrying 219 passengers, most of whom were Indian students. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr S Jaishankar, the second flight from Bucharest to Delhi on Saturday, carrying 250 Indian people.

On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy decided to start peace talks with Russia on the Belarusian border.

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