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Indian Student dies in Kharkiv

New Delhi:  An Indian student was killed in shelling in Kharkiv city of war-hit Ukraine on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

“With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning,” it tweeted.

The ministry said it is in touch with the family of the student.

“We convey our deepest condolences to the family,” it said.

The student was a native of Chalageri in Karnataka’s Haveri district, a state government official said.

“A student Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar, a native of Chalageri in Haveri district, died in the shelling,” the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority commissioner Dr Manoj Rajan told PTI.

A number of Indians are still stranded in Kharkiv where Russia has launched a major military offensive.

The MEA said the Foreign Secretary is calling in ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to reiterate India’s demand for “urgent safe passage” to Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and other cities in conflict zones.

“Similar action is also being undertaken by our ambassadors in Russia and Ukraine,” the MEA said.

Later a missile hit the square in front of a regional government building in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city and former capital, on Tuesday amid Russia’s military operation.

CCTV video posted on social media shows a missile-shaped projectile causing a massive explosion, RT reported.
Ukrainian emergency services said it was an airstrike carried out by Russian forces, and urged locals to seek shelter. RT was unable to independently verify this claim.
Emergency services said six people were injured, including a child.
The incident occurred after reports of intense shelling in the city on Monday. Kharkiv is located roughly 40km (24 miles) from the border with Russia. Ukraine previously reported combat with Russian troops advancing on the city.
Moscow has not commented on the strike as of yet. Russia previously insisted that it was only hitting military targets, such as airfields and radar stations.
Russia attacked the neighbouring state last week, arguing that it was defending the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which broke off from Ukraine following the 2014 coup in Kiev. Ukraine said the attack was entirely unprovoked and called on the international community for help.

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