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Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, an Indian national killed during Russia’s shelling of Kharkiv on Tuesday, was a fourth-year medical student at Kharkiv National Medical University, India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said at a news briefing late Tuesday.

“He had moved out to get some groceries and foreign exchange when he was killed,” his cousin Kantesh Gyanagoudar told CNN on Wednesday, adding that Naveen had planned to leave for Poland later that day.

Shringla said Naveen was in line to buy groceries at a shop when it was hit with shelling. 

Naveen had spoken to his father moments before he stepped out for groceries and to his mother earlier Tuesday morning, Kantesh said. 

As of Tuesday evening, his body was at a morgue in his university, Shringla said, adding that Indian officials are in touch with local authorities to repatriate his body. 

“We request the Indian government to bring Naveen’s body back as soon as possible. And to bring back all Indian students back. We don’t want a repeat of this incident,” Kantesh said.

India’s Prime Minister “conveyed his deep anguish on the loss of the life of an Indian national.”

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Shringla added that he had spoken to the ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to “strongly” reiterate the “demand for urgent safe passage for all Indian Nationals who are still in Kharkiv and other cities in the conflict area.”

Some context: So far more than 9,000 Indian nationals have been evacuated while a “considerable number” are now in safer areas, an Indian official said Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Indian Embassy in Kyiv asked its citizens to urgently leave the capital as Russia’s military convoy closed in on the city, according to satellite images from Maxar Technologies.



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