“Leave at the earliest”: India to citizens as Ukraine war escalates

New Delhi: India issued an advisory asking all its citizens to avoid travelling to Ukraine, citing the “deteriorating security situation” in the country.

“In view of the deteriorating security situation and recent escalation of hostilities across Ukraine, Indian nationals are advised against travelling to Ukraine,” the Indian embassy in Ukraine said on its Twitter handle.

“The Indian citizens, including students, currently in Ukraine are advised to leave Ukraine at the earliest by available means,” it added.

The advisory came as Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced martial law on October 19 in four Ukrainian regions he says Russia has annexed, while some residents of the occupied city of Kherson left by boat following warnings of a looming assault.

Eight months after being invaded, Ukraine is prosecuting major counter-offensives in the east and south to try to take as much territory as it can before winter after routing Russian forces in some areas.

The conflict has killed thousands, displaced millions, pulverised Ukrainian cities, shaken the global economy and revived Cold War-era geopolitical fissures.

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