Happiness was written big on the faces of several students, teachers, who were stranded in war-torn Ukraine, as they returned to their homeland Odisha on Sunday. Although they consider themselves “lucky” to have escaped just before the invasion of Russian forces, apprehensions remain as many of their friends are still stranded in different cities in Ukraine.
“My friends in Ukraine are very stressed because of the bombings from Russia. They are now taking refuge in safe places. The whole process of development will be blocked and Ukraine will now be pushed back 10-15 years due to the war situation,” a student said after landing at Bhubaneswar airport.
Another teacher said, “Anticipating that the situation would get worse, we decided to leave Ukraine. We are happy to be back in Odisha. However, many medical students in Odisha still face problems. Embassy officials are in contact with them.
A student, who was stranded in Kyiv, said: “I feel very safe after arriving in Bhubaneswar. I thank the student community and the Indian government for their efforts in the evacuation process. I was scared because of the developments, but my friends were continuously aware of the developments.
It is pertinent to mention that many Odisha students are now stuck in Ukraine after Russia launched a full-scale invasion on the Eastern European nation.
The Odisha government is in constant contact with the Indian government and all possible measures are being taken for the safe evacuation of stranded students and other expatriates from the state.