New Delhi: India is set to close the evacuation programme for Indian nationals from war-torn Ukraine — Operation Ganga — by Thursday, March 10, evening. The last flight from Ukraine will take off and bring home the government teams particularly sent for the evacuation, sources were quoted as saying by NDTV.
Since the time Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the Centre has evacuated around 18,000 Indian nationals, most of them being students.
The students’ last batch — close to 700 stranded in Sumy near the Russian border — are heading towards western Ukraine by train. They are expected to take home-bound flights tomorrow evening.
Nearly 8000 Indians evacuated through Romania. The last special flight will depart from Bucharest today. We would like to express our gratitude to government and people of Romania for their help. Thank you, Romania! @NicolaeCiuca @BogdanAurescu @opganga @MEAIndia @JM_Scindia pic.twitter.com/KNxiAAtrQd
— India in Romania (@eoiromania) March 9, 2022
Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said via a tweet that the last special flight was taking off from Romania.
“Reassuring calls to parents, bright eyes & wide smiles — our last flight back to India is full of cheer, as 155 people onboard with us return to their homeland. All set to take off!” Scindia, who was in charge of the operations on the ground from Bucharest, tweeted on Monday.