Modi speaks to Zelensky, expresses deep concern over Ukraine conflict


In his second conversation with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky since Moscow began its war on Kyiv 12 days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed deep concern about the ongoing conflict and resultant humanitarian crisis, an official statement said.

The statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said that Zelensky briefed Modi in detail about the conflict situation and the ongoing negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.

“(The) Prime Minister reiterated his call for an immediate cessation of violence and noted that India has always stood for peaceful resolution of issues and direct dialogue between the two parties,” it said.

According to the statement, Modi “thanked Ukrainian authorities for their facilitation in evacuating more than 20,000 Indian citizens from Ukraine”, but also expressed deep concern for the safety and security of Indian students still remaining in the war-torn nation and emphasized the need for their quick and safe evacuation.

The first time Modi and Zelensky spoke was on February 26, just two days after Russia launched its military invasion of Ukraine.

The Prime Minister is also likely to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin later in the day.

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