At least 14 students from Manipur are among the 18,000 Indians stranded in Ukraine as Russian forces launch an attack by land, air and sea on the former Soviet republic.

The worried parents of the stranded students from Manipur studying at various universities in Ukraine approached MoS External Affairs and Education RK Ranjan Singh on Friday to evacuate and bring them back to India safely.

The parents told the MoS that their wards could not leave Ukraine on time due to various reasons and the main reason being immediate closure of the airspace due to the present situation in the country.

Earlier, these students tried to leave Ukraine for Hungary or Poland by road. However, their attempt proved futile as borders were sealed before they made it, said the parents.

Seeking the details of steps being taken up by the government of India for their safe return, the parents of these young students, who are mostly pursuing their medical courses in Ukraine, urged the External Affairs Ministry “to initiate the necessary proceedings and help them at this time of urgency and emergency.”

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