As shells rain down from above and armed men roam the streets in Sumy, the northeastern Ukranian border town, amid the ongoing Russian invasion, a bunch of Indian students stranded there took to social media to plead for evacuation.
Staring at fast-depleting food and water supplies, they are posting updates every few hours, and urging the government to rescue them immediately before the situation worsens and they are “reduced to bodies”.
One of them, Mahek Shaikh, shared an eight-second video clip on Thursday of what appeared to be a blast in the town.
“Complete city blackout, no electricity and water supply and multiple bomb blasts nearby. Slow network,” she wrote in the post.
Another medical student, Radhika Sangwan, said 700-800 students are stranded in Sumy, and there was no confirmed news on their evacuation.
“I am a student in Sumy, Ukraine. YES WE EXIST!!! There are 700-800 students in Sumy. It’s the 7th day of attack and there is no confirmed news on our evacuation. Stress, fear and anxiety are getting to us. Hope is lost. Please help,” Sangwan tweeted on Thursday.
On Sunday, the Indian embassy in Ukraine said intense fighting was underway in Kharkiv, Sumy and Kyiv, and urged Indians in these cities and wherever curfew has been applied to not venture towards railway stations until such curbs are lifted and considerable civilian movement is renewed.
According to several reports, trains and buses have stopped plying in Sumy, roads and bridges out of the city destroyed and fighting was underway on the streets.
All routes blocked and no help from the embassy in sight, the students are worried about their well-being.