Maha: students stranded trying to reach Ukraine’s western borders, parents say

Some students from the Marathwada region of Maharashtra stranded in Ukraine are trying to reach the borders of neighboring countries like Poland in a bid to return to India, their parents said on Friday.

While more than 1,200 students from Maharashtra are currently in Ukraine which was invaded by Russia, the administration here has obtained the contact details of 91 students belonging to the Marathwada region.

Swapnil Ghuge from Jalna, who is pursuing MBBS studies at Vinnytsia Ukraine National Medical College, is one of them.

Speaking to PTI, his father Jagdev Ghuge said: “I am in touch with my son. It was planned to bring back Indian students via Romania. But the borders were closed, so they had to return to their college which was about 900 km away.

“When the air raid sirens go off, he and others are told to move to a safer location. They are not threatened to date, but we are worried. We want our children to come home safe and sound,” Ghuge added.

Bhumika, a medical student at Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, belongs to Aurangabad. His father Rohidas told PTI the students were asked to move into a nearby bunker on Friday.

”Students are now heading to Poland by all means. Bhumika took a taxi and left for the border for fear of attack (by the invading Russian army). She is 25 km from the border and is walking now because there is a traffic jam. She has water and biscuits with her, she told us,” he said.

To save her mobile phone battery, she only used text messages to communicate with them, he added.

ATMs in many parts of Ukraine are running out of cash and grocery stores are empty, Rohidas said.

Suyog Dhanvay and Sanket Ukharde, from Tembhurni in Jalna district, are also studying medicine in Ukraine.

Suyog’s father said that although the Indian embassy is helping stranded students, families are worried.

”They will be brought home by neighboring countries. I paid extra money and bought return tickets to Suyog, but due to documentation issues he was unable to return in time,” he said.

Dinkar Ukharde, Sanket’s father, said: “We expect a quick response from the Indian government. They are safe now, but they should be taken home. ”The figures by district of students from Marathwada region in central Maharashtra who are stranded in Ukraine are as follows: Aurangabad (7), Jalna (7), Parbhani (6), Hingoli (1), Nanded (29), Beed (1), Latur (28), Osmanabad (12).

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Helen D. Jessen