21 Indian sailors stuck on ship in port, shipping line says there are other ships too

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Twenty-one Indian sailors were stranded aboard a merchant ship in the port of Mykolaiv in Ukraine, PTI reported.

Ukrainian officials said they repelled a Russian attack on Mykolaiv, The Guardian announced Friday.

Sanjay Prashar, founder and managing director of VR Maritime Services, said Indian seafarers are safe and in touch with their families, according to the report. According to Prashar, there are 24 other ships in port with Indian sailors on board.

Prashar, in a tweet on Friday, called for help from the Foreign Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Indian Embassy in Ukraine to come up with a “definitive rescue plan”.

According to the company’s senior executive, the crew has not come off the ship since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Prashar said the port was not functioning and Russian forces were “probably close to it”.

“If the Russian forces enter the port and they allow a few ships to leave, everything is fine,” Prashar said, according to the report. Prashar said if that was not possible, the ship would need the help of port authorities to leave.

Several Indian nationals, mostly medical students, found themselves stranded in Ukraine after the Russian invasion. On March 1, an Indian student from Karnataka was killed in a bombing in the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

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