Stranded Indian students run out of food and essentials

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Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said the Russians are deliberately trying to create a humanitarian crisis in the Donetsk region, Ukrayinska Pravda reported…reports Asian Lite News

Students stuck in war-torn Ukraine have almost “run out” of food and essentials.

An Indian medical student, Faisal, sent a video to IANS narrating his ordeal in the north-eastern city of Sumy in Ukraine.

In the video, he said that around 500 Indian students are stuck in Sumy, which is 350 km from Kiev.

“We ran out of rice and flour. I went to buy flour, salt, potatoes and other basic items but all the department stores here are empty,” he said. The local authorities have imposed a curfew in the area and the students here are in touch with the Indian Embassy.

Faisal, who is from Bihar’s Motihari, said that the students are forced to drink soda water and tap water as there is scarcity of potable water, due to which “they could contract typhoid”.

Another student from Sumy, Manas said that students are scared amidst the constant sound of gunfire.

“We are students of Sumy University. All the students are stuck in the war zone. We call the Indian embassy daily and get the same reply – ‘to wait’. Other students who were in the western part (of Ukraine) have left for India, only we, the students of Sumy, are left. I urge the Indian government to evacuate us,” he said.

The students are presently residing in Sumy University’s building.

Manas said that the embassy has warned them not to go out as a student was killed in the firing. “Everyday we hear the siren three to four times and we all rush to the shelters.”

“There is no source of water and food. Other students have reached India and students in Sumy have been left, this triggers more panic among us,” he asserted.

 Russian shelling

Russian forces are relentlessly shelling the town of Manhush located on the west of Mariupol in the Donetsk region. A woman was killed in the shelling of Mayorsk. Krasnohorivka near Donetsk was also hit by Russian missiles.

Head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said the Russians are deliberately trying to create a humanitarian crisis in the Donetsk region, Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

The administration said along with Volnovakha and Mariupol, the citizens of Manhush are also under fire. On Wednesday, Manhush was heavily shelled. The exact number of victims is impossible to determine since the town has no telephone signal. For the last three days, the town has been without electricity or water.

On Thursday, Russian forces have been firing on Mayorsk, where Russian troops have already killed a woman.

In the Ocheretynska district, the town of Krasnohorivka was shelled.

“Despite everything, we have managed to restore electricity to Zhelanne, Orlivtsi, Lastochkyne and Verhnyotoretske. Today we organised a delivery of drinking water to Vodyane, and yesterday we also delivered water to Horlivka, Lastochkyne and Semenivka. Today we should receive medicines from the Red Cross in Verhnyotoretsk and Oleksandropil. We are doing everything we can to avoid a humanitarian crisis,” the head of the Military-Civilian Administration said, as per the report.

According to him, Russian troops continue to spread lies about the creation of “green corridors”.

“In reality, we have no ‘green corridors’ here: It is a trap – they want to use the peaceful residents of the Donetsk region as a human shield to hide from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In no circumstances should you believe in information about evacuations if it does not come from official sources,” Kyrylenko said.

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