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Indian Embassy says making alternative arrangements for evacuation from Ukraine amid closure of airspace

As Ukraine closed its airspace amid escalating tensions with Russia, India today said alternative arrangements are being made to evacuate Indian nationals from Ukraine, reports The Indian Express

In an advisory, the Indian Embassy in Kyiv said the schedule of special flights were cancelled as Ukrainian airspace has been closed. “Alternative arrangements are being made for the evacuation of Indian nationals. Embassy will convey information as soon as such arrangements are finalized, so that Indian nationals can relocate to the western part of the country. Please carry your passports and necessary documents on your person at all times,” the Embassy said in the advisory.

Indians living in Ukraine have also been advised to follow the embassy’s website and its social media handles on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates in this regard.

Citing a “potential hazard to civil aviation”, Ukraine issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) around 7.30 am IST restricting all civilian flights to the region. An Air India flight, meant to evacuate Indian citizens from Kyiv, left from Delhi a few minutes after the NOTAM was issued, but will return in light of the restrictions. At 10.30 am IST, the flight was in Iranian airspace. (Source: Indian Express)

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