MEA disapproves report of Indians with Russian Army seeking help for discharge

Ministry of External Affairs denounced the rumors, saying, "We have seen some inaccurate reports in the media regarding Indians with the Russian army seeking help for discharge.”

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Denying any reports that Indian soldiers in the Russian Army are looking for assistance to be released, the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said, "every case" has been strongly pursued with the Russian government.

Sharing a press note on the official X handle, the MEA denounced the rumors, saying, "We have seen some inaccurate reports in the media regarding Indians with the Russian army seeking help for discharge.”

MEA further asserted that they are committed and early discharge of the Indian nationals from the Russian army is India’s top priority. 

In response to rumors that Indian nationals were enlisting in the Russian Army for support positions, the foreign ministry had advised people to proceed with care.

"A few Indian nationals have reportedly enlisted in the Russian army to work as support workers. To ensure their prompt release, the Indian Embassy has consistently brought up this issue with the relevant Russian authorities," MEA official spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal stated in a statement on February 23.

He also urged all Indian nationals to exercise due caution and stay away from Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The statement from MEA has come after a 23-year-old Hemil Ashvinbhai Mangukiya from Gujarat, was killed in a Ukrainian air strike in the Donetsk region on February 21, as per reports. He was hired as security helper by Russian Army.

However, an official statement on Mangukiya's death from Indian officials are yet to come.

Notably, the development has come amidst recent reports that a group of Indian youths fell victim to agents who falsely send them to Russia under the false pretext of providing them with security guard jobs. Instead, they all were dispatched to war-torn Ukraine-Russia areas, as per sources.