# Operation Ganga : 14,000 Indians Still To Be Evacuated, Given The Numbers, Big Defence Aircrafts Are Being Used – V Muraleedharan , MoS MEA

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Of the 20,000 Indians who were stranded in war-torn Ukraine, 6,000 have been brought back to the country so far and the Centre is making all efforts for the safe return of the remaining ones, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said .

He was speaking to reporters in Pune on the sidelines of an event.

“There were around 20,000 students/citizens who were stranded in Ukraine. Of them, 4,000 were brought back to India before February 24. Additional 2,000 students were brought back to India till Tuesday and efforts are on to evacuate the remaining Indians stuck there,” he said.

Since the number of stranded persons is big, defence aircraft are being used to bring them back to India, Muraleedharan said.

With the help of Ukraine’s neighbouring countries Romania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, the students are being evacuated to India, he said.

According to ANI report, Muraleedharan later on interacted with parents of students who are stranded in several parts of Ukraine and updates them on the Government’s rescue operations under Operation Ganga.

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