Russia-Ukraine war: Indian student killed in Kharkiv, says GoI

People take shelter in basement as Russia continues shelling in Ukraine. [Photo: Twitter/Berkhaiz Bhat]

New Delhi: An Indian student lost his life in shelling in Ukraine this morning, the foreign ministry of India confirmed.

The final year medical student from Karnataka’s Haveri died when Russian soldiers blew up a government building on Tuesday, reports said.

India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla called in the ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to “reiterate India’s demand for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals”. It is imperative that Russia and Ukraine respond to the need for safe passage urgently, said sources.

“With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family. We convey our deepest condolences to the family,” tweeted the External Affairs Ministry of India.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, videos showed extensive damage from the Russian military assault. One video showed the city’s largest government building blown up.

Naveen Shekharappa, the student who lost his life, was trying to find his way out of the city, said his roommate, who spoke to him last at 8 am, NDTV reported.

“He lived near the Governor’s House and had been standing in the queue for food. Suddenly there was an air strike that blew up the Governor’s House and he was killed,” the report quoted Praharaj as saying.


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