Russia warns countries against hosting Ukrainian military planes

HIGHLIGHTS of the Russia-Ukraine crisis: As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine escalates, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a strong warning to the West on Saturday that any creation of a no-fly zone over Ukraine would be interpreted by the Kremlin as “an engagement in military confrontation”.

During a meeting with female pilots on Saturday, he said that Moscow would consider “any step in this direction” as an intervention that “would pose a threat to our military”.

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Ukraine said on Saturday that all Indian nationals have been evacuated from Pisochyn, and the embassy will remain in contact with them throughout their journey.


The embassy said in a tweet that India has always prioritized their safety. He asked the Indians to stay safe and strong.

On the other hand, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Saturday that as many as 15 evacuation flights landed in India in the past 24 hours, bringing around 2,900 citizens home. Thirteen more flights are expected to arrive in the next 24 hours, he added.

Speaking to a daily presser, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the Indian government would now examine how many people were still in Ukraine, which is under severe military attack from from Russia for 10 days.

“The Embassy will contact those who are there but have not registered. In the nearby town of Pisochyn, we have moved (evacuated) 298 students, hoping to complete it by today,” he said. Bagchi said.

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