NEW DELHI: About 3,000 Indians were airlifted on Saturday by 15 special flight from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries under India’s evacuation drive Operation Ganga, according to the press release issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
These 15 special flights included 12 special civilian and 3 Indian Air Force flights. Under Operation Ganga, over 13,700 Indians have been brought back since 22nd February.
Till Saturday, Indian Air Force has delivered 26 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Ukraine via neighborhood states.
Three C-17 heavy lift transport aircraft of the IAF, which had taken off on Friday from the Hindan air base, landed at Hindan on Saturday morning, the centre informed. “These flights evacuated 629 Indian nationals from Romania, Slovakia and Poland. These flights also carried 16.5 tonnes of relief load from India to these countries. All Civilian flights, except one, had landed during morning today, while flight from Kosice to New Delhi is expected to arrive late in the evening.”
5 flights from Budapest, 4 from Suceva, 1 from Kosice and 2 from Rzeszow landed in India on Saturday.
On Sunday, 11 special flights will bring back at least 2,200 Indians from Budapest, Kosice, Rzeszow and Bucharest.
Speaking to The New Indian, the centre clarified that in addition to Air India and Indian Air Force, private civilian airlines are being arranged by Government of India. No stranded Indian in Ukraine will be charged under Operation Ganga. India will continue flights till the last person is rescued from the conflict zone.
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