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Ukrainian authorities are trying to help evacuate stranded Indian nationals, despite a “very difficult and complex” situation on the ground, the country’s envoy said on Monday.

Ambassador Igor Polikha said he himself contacted Ukrainian security forces asking them to help the stranded Indians.

“The situation is very difficult and complex. My resources are limited. We are victims of aggression. We are always trying to help people, including those from other countries,” he said during a briefing.

Polikha said the situation at the border crossing between Ukraine and Poland is difficult as thousands of people, including diplomats, foreigners and Ukrainian citizens, are queuing to leave Ukraine.

“In the case of Indian nationals, we even try to use our personal contacts to help them. But, you have to understand the realities on the ground. We are at war,” he said.

When asked if he could assure the safety of Indian students, Polikha said only Russian President Vladimir Putin could provide that assurance.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen there after three hours. We’re trying to be helpful to everyone,” he said.

According to Indian officials last week, there were around 16,000 Indian nationals in Ukraine.

Following a Russian military offensive, Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Sunday that more than 2,000 Indian nationals had been evacuated in recent days.