As part of the continuing ‘Operation Ganga’, the Indian Air Force returned 629 evacuated Indian nationals from Ukraine’s neighbouring nations of Romania, Slovakia, and Poland on Saturday.
According to the official release, “three C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force, which took off from Hindan Airbase on Friday, returned to the base with the evacuated Indians on Saturday morning”.
“On the departure route, they carried 16.5 tonnes of relief items”, the IAF tweeted.
So far, the IAF has flown 10 flights, returned 2,056 people and transported 26 tonnes of humanitarian supplies to these three nations.
Earlier in the day, V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs, said that over 11,000 Indians have been evacuated from Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a meeting on Friday to examine the ongoing evacuation of Indian people as well as the situation in conflict-torn Ukraine.
In addition, the government has dispatched ‘special envoys’ to four other nations bordering Ukraine to organise and supervise the evacuation of Indian people.
Russian military began combat operations in Ukraine on February 24, just three days after Moscow recognised Ukraine’s rebel areas – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent states.