India scales up rescue ops, PM Modi calls in Air Force for evacuation in Ukraine

From today, the Indian Air Force has joined Operation Ganga to evacuate Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine.

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India scales up rescue ops, PM Modi calls in Air Force for evacuation in Ukraine- BPN TODAY

Amid the deepening crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pressed the Indian Air Force into service to evacuate Indian nationals stranded in the war-torn country, sources said.

Joining the evacuation efforts as part of the Indian government’s Operation Ganga from Tuesday, the IAF is likely to deploy several C-17 aircraft to bring back Indians stuck in Ukraine in the midst of a Russian invasion.

“In order to scale up the ongoing evacuation efforts under Operational Ganga, PM Modi has called for the Indian Air Force to join the evacuation efforts. Leveraging the capacities of our Air Force will ensure that more people can be evacuated in a shorter time frame,” the sources said.

IAF aircraft will also help deliver humanitarian aid more efficiently to Ukraine, which is experiencing a shortage of food, fuel, medical supplies and other essentials as Russian forces press their advance in the country.

The government launched Operation Ganga to rescue Indian citizens, mostly students, from Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia six days ago. So far, 1,396 Indian nationals have been brought back from Ukraine in six evacuation flights.

On Monday, the Centre decided to send four Union ministers to nations adjoining Ukraine to personally oversee and coordinate the evacuation exercise.

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