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Over 200 students stranded in Ukraine send SOS to GoI for evacuation

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Srinagar: Over 200 Kashmiri students have been left stranded in different parts of Ukraine after India stopped the entry of people from various coronavirus affected nations.

On March 17, the central government temporarily banned the entry of passengers from various corona affected countries as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus.


However, Kashmiri students studying in Ukraine are living under constant fear of getting infected since they are unable to return home.

One of the Kashmir student, who is studying medicine at Sumy State University, Ukraine told The Kashmir Monitor that they are living in crowded hostels, where chances of getting infected are more.

 “Ukrainian government is not worthy enough to provide us necessary medical aid. Shops are running short of sanitizers and masks,” said Mohammad Aasif Tariq, who is studying medicine at Sumi State University.

Tariq said they have locked themselves in the hostel room. “We want to return home. We want to see our parents again because the situation is very bad,” he said.

Hundreds of Kashmir students are putting up in different cities of Ukraine. “The hostels are not being sanitized properly here. Till travel ban is lifted, the University authorities should take care of us,” said another student.

The students have appealed to the Government of India to evacuate them as soon as possible. They have also appealed to the Indian Embassy to intervene in the matter and direct the local government to provide necessary items must for fighting COVID19.