Ukraine Invasion: Will Evacuation Of 18,500 Indians Take 13 Days?

by GoNews Desk 1 year ago Views 1368

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Amid the Russia Ukraine crisis, the biggest concern for India is to evacuate its citizens back home safely from the country. For this the Government of India has scaled up its Operation Ganga as well.

Indian nationals who are stranded in Ukraine, which consists mainly of students, are continuously posting videos on social media and appealing to the Indian government to evacuate them immediately.

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine has issued a fresh statement and has advised Indian nationals in Kyiv (the capital of Ukraine) to leave Kyiv at the earliest.

"All Indian nationals, especially students, are advised to leave Kyiv immediately today," the Indian Embassy in Ukraine tweeted. Preferably by existing trains or any other appropriate means." The embassy had urged people to proceed to the Kyiv railway station yesterday, where Ukraine had planned special evacuation trains to transport them to the western region. Students were intended to carry their passports, sufficient cash, and appropriate warm clothing.

Reports also claim that an Indian civilian has also been killed in the Russian bombing in Kharkiv city, who has been identified as Naveen Shekharappa. It is being told that Naveen died in the bombing which took place on Monday.

The Government of India has sent four ministers to different neighboring countries of Ukraine to help the citizens. These include Hardeep Singh Puri (Hungary), Kiren Rijiju (Slovakia), Jyotiraditya Scindia (Romania, Moldova), and VK Singh (Poland).

External Affairs Minister S. According to a tweet by Jaishankar, 9 flights have been operated so far (Tuesday, till 7 am). However, he did not say how many Indians have returned home so far.


How many days will the evacuation process take?

Officially there are 20,000 Indians in Ukraine, of which a large number of them are students. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs informed on Monday that 8000 Indians have left Ukraine and reached other neighboring countries and from there the process of airlifting them to India is underway.

For example, if 1500 (media reports) Indians have returned home so far, then 18,500 citizens are still stranded there. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, on an average three flights are being operated every day.

If only Air India's 280 seater aircraft is used, then it will have to operate 66 aircraft and it may take 13 days for all Indians to return home.

Similarly, if the C-17 Globemaster of the Indian Air Force is used, then 30 aircraft will be required for evacuation.

Whereas India has 11 C-17 Globmaster with an average capacity of 600 passengers. If five planes are operated in these, then all Indians can be evacuated within 6 days.

There is no concrete information about how many planes are being operated for the evacuation process but Air India, SpiceJet and Indigo planes have been deployed in the evacuation process.

Now, sources have informed that the Indian Air Force’s C-17 aircrafts will be used in the evacuation process. However, there is not much information about when the C-17 will start operations.


On an average,  Indigo flights have 180 passenger seats, SpiceJet has 186 and Air India aircraft which are involved in rescue operations have at least 280 seats.

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