Some students incommunicable in Ukraine

Friends and family members say they have lost contact for the last few days, fear for their safety in conflict zone

Published: 02nd March 2022 07:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2022 07:55 AM   |  A+A-

Students who fled the conflict zone in Ukraine at a refugee camp at Voluntari in Romania | pti

Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  The students stuck in Ukraine have claimed that many of their friends from different universities have gone ‘missing’ and they have been unable to contact them. Some families back in India have also lost touch with their children pursuing MBBS in Ukraine. 

Ashita Bhardwaj, a student of Donestk National Medical University, is missing since two days. According to her elder sister, who is a teacher by profession in Delhi, Ashita could not be contacted, nor did she get in touch with her family.

A student hugs her family member on her
arrival at Birsa Munda International
Airport in Ranch on Tuesday

“She was trying to reach the Poland border but we have not been able to track her,” the elder sister added. According to Sahil Lathwal, a student at Kharkiv National Medical University, several students from his university have gone missing and their college WhatsApp group is regularly being updated with the updates of these persons. 

“Prem Singh, a sixth-year MBBS student (named changed) from Haryana, who was studying at our university, has gone missing and his phone is unreachable for the last two days. We are calling him non-stop but the network is also bad here,” said Sahil from Kharkiv. 

Another student from Vinnytsia National Pirogov Medical University called Abdul (name changed) is also untraceable for the last two days. His friends were unable to contact him as his phone did not work. “We have posted his details on various social media platforms and are asking for his whereabouts. Hope we find him soon,” said his friend Saurav (name changed) studying in the same university. Abdul was on his way towards Poland border and couldn’t be tracked later. 

According to Sandeep Kaur, a student who was able to cross the Poland border and is now waiting to fly back to India, many students headed for the Ukraine-Poland border lost their phones on the way and the border security forces snatched the phones of some of these students. 

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