Kharkiv: Shock as Indian student dies in Russian shelling

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Kharkiv: Shock as Indian student dies in Russian shelling
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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Kharkiv: Shock as Indian student dies in Russian shelling

Shock reverberated globally as an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Tuesday morning, Indian Express reports.

Students from many countries, including Nigeria, have been trapped in different parts of Ukraine since Russia launched an unprovoked attack on the East European country last week.

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted: “With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family.We convey our deepest condolences to the family.”

The shelling took place even as delegations from both nations met on the Ukraine-Belarussian border on Monday.

The meeting ended without any conclusion even as Russia continued to amass troops inside Ukraine.

However, foreign allies have been sending weapons and aid to Ukraine even as thousands of foreign fighters signed up to assist it in the fight.

More than 70 Ukrainian servicemen were killed by a Russian rocket attack and dozens of civilians have died in “barbaric” shelling, Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday, as a huge Russian military convoy approached the capital Kyiv. The Indian embassy in Kyiv, in an advisory issued Tuesday, asked Indians to leave Kyiv urgently through ‘any means available’.

 

The advisory comes as Moscow strengthened its attack on Ukraine and closed in on the capital, Kyiv, even as talks aimed at stopping the fighting yielded only an agreement to keep talking. Amid ever-growing international condemnation, Russia found itself increasingly isolated five days into its invasion, while also facing unexpectedly fierce resistance on the ground in Ukraine and economic havoc at home.

Kharkiv: Shock as Indian student dies in Russian shelling
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The UN has said that at least 102 civilians, including seven children, have died in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.

Meanwhile, an embattled Ukraine moved to solidify its ties to the West by applying to join the European Union, a largely symbolic move for now.