2023-03-17 00:34:50

Russia Ukraine invasion: Indians are braving war to study in Ukraine

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By Jugal Purohit

BBC World Service, Delhi

Rishi Dwivedi left India last autumn and is back studying medicine in Ukraine, despite the threat the war poses to his safety

"Air raid sirens alerting us about incoming missile or drone attacks go off as many as four times a day," Mr Dwivedi, 25, told the BBC.

The fifth-year student, who comes from Kannauj in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery at the Lviv National Medical University.

He was rescued along with thousands of others when Russia invaded a year ago - but decided to return last October to finish his degree.

After a 22-year-old Indian medical student was killed in shelling at the start of the war, India evacuated 23,000 of its nationals who'd been trapped, including 18,000 students.

But large numbers - most of them medics - have gone back, defying government advice. They say they have little choice if they are to work as doctors.

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