India calls for peace in Ukraine

FM hails Operations Ganga

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar praises his ministerial colleagues including his boss, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for Operation Ganga launched to evacuate students stranded in war-ravaged Ukraine. India also calls for peace after abstaining in the United Nations on a crucial vote against Russia for its unilateral though not ‘unprovoked’ attack.

Calling it the most challenging evacuation mission for citizens stranded in Ukraine, Jaishankar said it was inspiring for other countries.

“Had the four Union ministers not gone to countries neighbouring Ukraine, India would not have got the same level of cooperation,” he said in the Parliament on April 6.

Modi was “personally invested in the evacuation”, and that he conducted meetings and supervised the situation in the midst of elections, foreign minister added.

While India abstained in the United Nations on a vote against Russia-Ukraine war, New Delhi sought an independent investigation into reports of civilian killings in Bucha, 37 km north of Kyiv.

Oleksiy Arestovych, an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, had on April 3 said that Ukrainian troops had found the bodies of women, local officials and children in Bucha. Town mayor Fedoruk said 300 residents had been killed during a month-long occupation by the Russian army.

“If India has chosen a side, it is a side of peace and it is for an immediate end to violence. This is our principled stand and has consistently guided our position in international forums and debates, including in the UN,” he said adding that “continues to push for dialogue” and an end to violence. “If India can be of any assistance in this matter, we will be glad to contribute.”

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