Live coverage of the Ukraine crisis: India has no immediate plans to withdraw its citizens from Ukraine, and its priority has been to ensure their safety rather than anything “bigger,” according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Arindam Bagchi, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of External Affairs, said during a press conference that India supports an immediate de-escalation of hostilities and a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine situation. He stated that the Indian embassy in Kyiv has been in contact with Indian students in Ukraine and that the situation on the ground is being closely monitored.
According to a senior official, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has eased restrictions on the number of flights that can be flown between India and Ukraine under the bilateral air bubble agreement to make it easier for Indians to go to the eastern European country. India has recommended its people to temporarily leave Ukraine due to the current circumstances in the country as a result of rising tensions with Russia.Western countries have warned of a rising Russian military presence on Ukraine’s borders, while Estonia said fighting groups were moving ahead of a possible offensive to capture “important terrain,” contradicting Moscow’s claims of a pullback.
In rare public statements, Britain’s defence intelligence head claimed more armoured vehicles, helicopters, and a field hospital had been detected. According to a senior official in US President Joe Biden’s administration, up to 7,000 more troops have gone to the border in recent days, with some arriving on Wednesday.