PHAGWARA: Parul Pal considers herself lucky to have returned to India long before the Russian military attack on Ukraine, but she worries for her friends who are still stuck in the war-torn country.
Parul, a sixth-year medical student at Kyiv Medical University in Ukraine, returned on February 18.
“I was lucky to arrive here on February 18 from Ukraine and the war broke out there on February 24,” she said in an interview with reporters here.
There are only three months left to complete her MBBS degree, she said.
She said she had to attend a family reception here.
She had booked her plane ticket earlier and came here on February 18.
“War broke out between Russia and Ukraine just six days after I arrived here,” she said.
“My other friends weren’t so lucky as they are still stuck in several parts of war-torn Ukraine, including Kharkiv, and are facing very difficult times there,” he said. she stated.
She urged the Indian government to use all resources and means to evacuate Indian citizens, mainly medical students studying in universities and medical colleges in Ukraine.
She said: “A medical student Naveen Shekarappa from Karnataka was killed in Russian bombings in Kharkiv and such tragic incidents are a nightmare for parents.”
“Our government must put all the resources and all the means to immediately evacuate all the students. I have many friends there, including Kharkiv, and I learned that they were going through difficult times. The parents of students stuck there are nervous and sleepless nights,” she says.
She said talk of a possible war threat was in the air when she was there, but most people took it lightly.
“No one expected Ukraine to be invaded by Russia and things to go from bad to worse,” she said.
About the behavior of the Ukrainians, Parul said that it was very cordial and friendly and she had never encountered any problems.
Meanwhile, the parents of Vishal Sharma (25), who is still in Ukraine, are worried and have urged the government to bring him back safe and sound.
Batala businessman Rajinder Sharma, father of Vishal, who is a sixth-year medical student at Sumy State University in Ukraine, said his son informed that the situation was not good and that there were sounds of shelling and shelling.
He said no transportation was available to get out of town.
Most students don’t have cash because ATMs don’t work, he said.
Major Singh, whose daughter Harpreet Kaur is also in Sumy, said it is very difficult to leave the town when shelling is taking place.