Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has made it clear that the Indian government can only help those students who cross the Ukraine border.

Deb made these comments while welcoming two Tripura students who returned home on Thursday evening from conflict-ridden Ukraine. Both students: Jasmine Debbarma and Megha Trivedi, like thousands from India, had to cross the borders on their own before being extracted by the Indian government. In a conversation with the media, the duo narrated their struggles of crossing the borders. Jasmine Debbarma, a third-year student from Vinnitsa Medical University, recounted the horrific situation they witnessed. “From our university till reaching the border, we were in a dreadful situation. It was only after reaching the border things got better, and the Indian government helped us thereafter,” Jasmine said.

Meanwhile, Megha mentioned that Indian Embassy in Ukraine miserably failed to extend any support to the students and students were left to fend for themselves.

“We had to arrange the buses all by ourselves because we were not getting help from the embassy. We were dropped around 10 km before reaching the border and from there on we had to walk to the gate at the border. It was not easy for us as it took around 3 to 4 hours for us to get out,” she said.

“Many boys who have been stuck for two days and are still there,” Megha added.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb took stock of the struggle they had to face while reaching the border. Speaking to the media, Deb mentioned that efforts are being made to contact those who are stuck here but extracting someone from Ukraine is not an option.

“We have provided helpline numbers from Tripura and the Government of India. The embassies are also trying. For those who contact and cross the border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done it for them and the government of India is working towards it. So once they reach the border, the situation will be taken care of. The way the Government of India and the other governments have provided their helping hands. It is the only way available. It is not an option for someone to enter Ukraine and bring anyone back,” Deb said.

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