'We are Indians, we are still in Kyiv': Indian family sends out desperate plea for help from war-torn Ukraine
An Indian family sent out a desperate appeal from Ukraine's capital Kyiv that was supposed to have been evacuated, saying they have been unable to leave the city amid an escalating Russian attack.
"We are a family of four. Myself Dr Rajkumar Santhalani, my wife Mayuri Mohanandane, my daughter Gyana Raj Santhalani, and my son as you can see Partha Santhalani, who is having fever and we are unable to get from Kyiv," he said.
"Embassy people called us many times but they were unable to locate us. They said they will be sending some transport. But till now we (haven't) got any transportation from their side. And outside the firing is there," he said.
"My neighbours have asked me to stay on guard in the balcony as pro-Russians are coming. And Russians and Ukrainians are fighting amongst each other. And the fire shots are there, sometimes small bombs. And they are looting people," Dr Santhalani said.
"My neighbour was looted today. Someone took his mobile. And we don't have a heater here. It's too cold. And my son is having a fever. So we need immediate evacuation if possible. Please help us if you can. Thank you," he added.
The Indian embassy in Kyiv ceased operations and the Ambassador and the staff left for the western part of Ukraine, sources said on Tuesday, with the government claiming that no Indians were left back in the city.
This Indian family still stranded in Kyiv , the Capital of Ukraine. One more family is with him in Kyiv. Indian Govt claimed yesterday that No Indian left in kyiv, which is not true.@IndiainUkraine #RussianUkrainianWar pic.twitter.com/L8rXyFzRp7— Hemant Rajaura (@hemantrajora_) March 2, 2022
After advising students and others Indian nationals to move to the western borders, a process that has been very taxing given the security crisis, India on Tuesday put out an urgent call to leave the capital city by all means on Tuesday.
There were roughly 20,000 Indian nationals in Ukraine when the government put out its initial advisory.