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First Covid, now conflict: What it’s like being an Indian student in Ukraine, source India Today.

First Covid, now conflict: What it’s like being an Indian student in Ukraine, source India Today.

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Amid the Ukraine-Russia crisis and the fear of possible war, IndiaToday spoke to Indian students in Ukraine. “Since the locals are calm, I feel relaxed,” one of them said.
There are over 80,000 international students from 158 countries in Ukraine at present. Of them, 22 percent are Indian. Many studies at universities in the border regions of the country.
At Kharkiv University in Kharkiv region, which is just 42 km from the Ukraine-Russia border, the students and residents are surprisingly calm.

Anish Mahadig, a medical student, told India Today, “Right now the situation in Kharkiv is very normal. Even local citizens in Kharkiv are very calm about the war situation so I feel very relaxed. But my parent back home is very worried because every news channel is showing a war-like situation. They keep calling to get updates.”

A parent of an Indian student in Ukraine spoke to India Today and said, “In the present scenario of Ukraine-Russia conflict, we parent in India are very worried about our children studying in Ukraine. How will they return if things get bad?”

The worried father from Maharashtra added, “In the prevailing Covid scenario, already the curriculum is affected – partly online, partly offline. Technical courses which require practical knowledge are especially being hampered. And now, there is the fear of war. The world cannot afford a war. It is painful to imagine what will happen should there be war.”

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