Karnataka medical student killed in shelling in Ukraine

Naveen Kumar
Naveen Kumar

Kyiv: An Indian student has lost his life in the Russian attacks on Ukraine.

The dead student, Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar, hailed from Chalageri in Haveri district of Karnataka. He was killed in heavy shelling by the invading Russian forces on Kharkiv on Monday.

Naveen was a fourth-year MBBS student. The Ministry of External Affairs has conveyed the matter to the youth's family.

"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,"Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson, MEA, tweeted on Tuesday.

He said, "Foreign Secretary is calling in Ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to reiterate our demand for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and cities in other conflict zones. Similar action is also being undertaken by our Ambassadors in Russia and Ukraine."

Russia shelled the second largest city Kharkiv on Tuesday damaging various installations over there. The Russian troops have also surrounded Ukraine capital city Kyiv on Tuesday and asked civilian to leave the city on the urgent note.

"All civilians in the city can freely leave the Ukrainian capital along the Kyiv-Vasylkiv highway. This direction is open and safe," Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Immediately thereafter, Indian Embassy in Ukraine asked the stranded nationals to leave Kyiv immediately by any means.

"All Indian nationals, including students are advised to leave Kyiv urgently today. Preferably by available trains or through any other means available," Indian Embassy said in an advisory.

Russian and Ukrainian troops continued to engage in fighting on Kharkiv streets as war entered into the fifth day after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for military operation.

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