Ukrainian envoy seeks Indian PM’s intervention

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Ambassador Igor Polikha said that India has a special relationship with Russia and New Delhi can play a more active role in controlling the situation….reports Asian Lite News

Ukraine’s envoy to India Dr Igor Polikha on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to activate dialogue with Russia amid the ongoing crisis.

Ambassador Igor Polikha said that India has a special relationship with Russia and New Delhi can play a more active role in controlling the situation. Urging PM Modi to step into the crisis, he said, “We urge PM Narendra Modi to immediately contact Russian President Vladimir Putin and our President Volodymyr Zelensky.”

“Modi Ji is one of the most powerful and most respected leaders in the world. You have a special privilege and a strategic relationship with Russia. We are expecting a much more favourable attitude by the Indian government in this crisis situation,” said Igor Polikha.

Terming the attack as blatant aggression, he said that we are getting fresh information about casualties. They say they are attacking only military facilities, but we have suffered civilian casualties. “We have the first civilian casualties even on the outskirts of capital. There’s fighting in some areas. According to information from our Ministry of Defence, the Ukrainian side shot down five Russian fighter planes, two helicopters, and destroyed 2 tanks and several trucks,” he further told the media.

“Some attacks happened on the outskirts of the capital. Some attacks happened deep inside the territory of Ukraine. We’re getting the first information about casualties among our soldiers and the civilians,’ the ambassador said.

More explosions

As many as two explosions were heard on Friday in central Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, as the Russian special military operation against Ukraine entered the second day, local media reported.

There was no air raid alert around the time of the blasts, which the local authorities have not yet confirmed, Xinhua reported citing Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko wrote in a telegram that he had just heard two powerful explosions, which he later clarified as “attacks by our air defenses on enemy planes or drones,” citing operative information.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko tweeted that three people were injured, one was in critical condition, after missile debris hit a residential building.

He also posted a photo showing a building with part of its wall torn down and emergency services present at the scene

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised “a special military operation” in Donbas, and Ukraine confirmed that military installations across the country were under attack.

Ukrainian airfields, command posts, naval bases and radar stations were among the facilities destroyed, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

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