Ukrainian envoy seeks support amid Russian military operation, says India ‘very influential’ global player

New Delhi [India], February 24: Calling India a “very influential global player”, the Ukrainian ambassador to India Igor Polikha on Thursday sought India’s support amid the ongoing military operation from Russia in Ukraine.

Speaking at a press briefing here in New Delhi, Polikha said, “Don’t forget that India was the leader of the non-alignment movement for many years.”

“Non-alignment movement was created in the time of the Cold war just to prevent world tension. It was based on the principle of peace,” he said, adding that India was the architect of world-famous principles-‘Panchsheel’.

At the present movement, “We are asking and pleading” for the support of India, he added.

“I am an ambassador to India. Of course, the position and the task of every ambassador is to make the position of his country make more favourable. …India is UNSC’s non-permanent member. India is a very influential global player,” he said.

Polikha said the world was hoping for a peaceful solution up to the last moment. “Up to the last moment, our President was asking for bilateral negotiations with Russia,” he said.

“We have confirmed information that a lot of Ukrainian aerodromes, military airports, military installations were attacked by bombs and missile attacks,” Polikha told media persons. Some attacks happened on the outskirts of the capital. Some attacks happened deep inside the territory of Ukraine.

Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin said special military operations are being launched “to protect” residents in eastern Ukraine. He also warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to “consequences”.

Leaders from several countries, including the UK, the US, Canada and the European Union, have condemned Russia’s military operations in the Donbas region.

The Indian embassy in Kyiv today said the present situation in Ukraine is highly uncertain, and Indian citizens should remain calm and safe amid escalating situation in Ukraine. (ANI)

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