Russia-Ukraine War: Indian Student Killed in Kharkiv Shelling

By Sonal Nain, 1 Mar 2022

Amid the deadly conflict between Russia and Ukraine, an Indian student was killed in shelling in Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv. The student has been identified as Naveen Shekharapp from Haveri in Karnataka. He was a 21-year-old student of medicine at Kharkiv National Medical University. Kharkiv witnessed Russian airstrikes on the central square, the place right outside of the region’s administration building. Shekhrappa was in the queue to buy groceries at a supermarket when he was caught in Russia’s shelling.

The Ministry of External Affairs has expressed condolences for the student’s death and stated that they will soon get in touch with the student’s family.

“With profound sorrow, we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Twitter.

Thousands of Indian students have been stranded in Ukraine since Russia invaded the former Soviet republic. The spokesperson further said that the foreign secretary is in touch with Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors for urgent safe passage for Indian nationals who are stuck in Kharkiv and cities in other conflict zones.

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with senior officials to discuss evacuation efforts, amid growing concern in India about the safety of some 16,000 Indians still in Ukraine, the majority of whom are students.