• Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Indian Student Killed in Ukraine's Kharkiv

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    Digital Desk: On Tuesday, an Indian student was killed in Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, which is being shelled heavily by Russian forces, the Ministry of External Affairs said. "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," MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi 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." he added in the tweet. The news of the student's murder came about an hour after the Indian embassy in Ukraine urged its citizens to leave Kyiv immediately today. "All Indian nationals in Kyiv, including students, are advised to leave Kyiv immediately today. Preferably by existing trains or any other methods available (sic)," the embassy said in a statement. As per the Ukrainian presidential advisor, Russian troops are attempting to encircle Kyiv and Kharkiv. There were reports of a 40-mile convoy of tanks and other vehicles menacing Kyiv, tactics that Ukraine's embattled president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, claimed were aimed at forcing him to make concessions in Europe's largest land war in centuries. According to an Associated Press, there were numerous explosions in one of Kharkiv's residential areas close to the Russian border. Russian shelling also hit the regional administration headquarters in the city centre, according to regional administration chief Oleh Sinehubov. The images posted on the social media platforms showed that the building's front and inside were seriously damaged by a massive explosion that also blew out part of its roof. The incident injured six individuals, including a toddler, according to the state emergency agency. During Monday's city shelling, at least 11 people were killed and scores more were injured, according to Sinehubov. Despite substantial evidence of shelling of houses, schools, and hospitals witnessed by AP correspondents across Ukraine, the Russian military has denied targeting residential areas. Also Read: PM Narendra Modi Sends Four Ministers to Ukraine’s Neighbouring Countries

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