NEW DELHI, November 11. /TASS/. Indian students who had to quit medical universities in Ukraine can continue their higher education in Russia, Russian Consul General in Chennai Oleg Avdeyev said on Friday.
"Indian students who have fled Ukraine are free to continue studying at Russian medical universities where the curriculum is almost the same [as in Ukraine]. And they can speak the [Russian] language, because the majority of people in Ukraine speak Russian," India’s ANI news agency quoted the Russian diplomat as saying.
As of the start of the special military operation in Ukraine, there were some 20,000 Indian nationals in Ukraine, mostly students, who studied medicine there. More than half of all students attended universities in eastern Ukraine, near the border with Russia. Most students came from the Indian states of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar and Rajasthan.
In February-March, India evacuated some 22,500 Indian citizens from Ukraine as part of Operation Ganga.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a special military operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the heads of the Donbass republics. He said that Moscow had no plans to occupy Ukrainian territories but the goal was rather to demilitarize and denazify the country. The Russian Defense Ministry has said that Russian troops are targeting military infrastructure, not cities in Ukraine, hence civilians are not in any danger.