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Waiting For Active Support From India In Stopping This War: Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion

Ukraine on Thursday urged for India's support as Russian military attacked Kyiv and said it was "waiting for an active support" from the country's leadership in "stopping this war".

Updated: February 24, 2022 3:21 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Snigdha Choudhury

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Police and security personnel inspect gather by the remains of a shell landed in a street in Kyiv on February 24. (Photo: AFP)

New Delhi: Ukraine on Thursday urged for India’s support as Russian military attacked Kyiv and said it was “waiting for an active support” from the country’s leadership in “stopping this war”. Russian troops launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine, as President Vladimir Putin cast aside international condemnation and sanctions and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to “consequences you have never seen.”

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“We are waiting for active support of the Indian leadership in stopping this war,” Dr. Igor Polikha, Ambassador of Ukraine to India was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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Ukraine also urged India to play “peacekeeping role” while requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak to President Vladimir Putin in view of simmering tensions with Russia.

“I think that in this case, your Prime Minister can address Mr Putin. He can address our President. Many times in history, India played a peacekeeping role. We’re asking for your strong voice to stop this war,” Dr Polikha said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he unleashed an attack on Ukraine in a televised address early Thursday, drawing international condemnation.

Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of an invasion that could cause massive casualties, topple Ukraine’s democratically elected government and threaten the post-Cold War balance on the continent.

Ukrainians started fleeing some cities, and the Russian military claimed to have incapacitated all of Ukraine’s air defenses and air bases within hours.President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared martial law, saying Russia has targeted Ukraine’s military infrastructure.

Ukrainians who had long braced for the prospect of an assault, while never knowing precisely when it would come, were urged to stay home and not to panic even as the country’s border guard agency reported an artillery barrage by Russian troops from neighboring Belarus.

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