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At high level meet, PM Modi accords top priority to evacuation of Indian students stranded in Ukraine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on the Ukraine crisis on Sunday and asserted that ensuring the safety of Indian students and evacuating them is the government’s top priority, official sources said. At the meeting, it was also decided to further enhance cooperation with the neighbouring countries of Ukraine to expedite the evacuation of Indian students, they said.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was part of the meeting, which was also attended by top government officials, including National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.

The meeting lasted for over two hours, the sources said.

A large number of Indians, mostly students, are stranded in Ukraine following Russia’s attack on the country. 

India has begun evacuating them and over 900 people have been brought back since Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi spoke with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and expressed India’s willingness to contribute in any way towards peace efforts in the wake of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

President Zelenskyy briefed the prime minister in detail about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine due to Russia’s military operations. The Prime Minister called for an immediate cessation of violence and a return to dialogue.

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