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Haveri Student walked 12 kilometres in -2 degrees Celsius and safely returned home from Ukraine.

A medical student from Haveri, who was studying first-year MBBS at Bukovinian State Medical University, Chernivtsi, returned safely.

Sharing her journey experience, Maina Naik, who safely returned to her native Ranebennur from war-hit Ukraine on Monday. She said that she walked 12 kilometres to reach the Romanian border at -2 degrees Celsius, and after crossing the border, Indian officials helped, and she reached the Romanian airport, from where the Indian government airlifted her to New Delhi, and then she came to Bengaluru and Ranebennur.

Thanking the Indian government for timely airlifting her, she said it was a horrific situation in Ukraine. Her college authorities asked them to leave for their country. She booked a flight on February 24 and was heading to Kyiv to catch a flight. On her way to Kyiv, she came to know that Ukraine had closed the airport for commercial flights, and she returned to her college.

“The college authorities helped the students reach the border, and they came to Romania.” The Indian government officials timely airlifted them“, she added.

A total of 11 students from Haveri were studying in Ukraine. Naveen Gyanagoudar was killed in a Russian attack in Kharkiv city on Tuesday. Maina Naik from Ranebennur returned safely, and nine students are yet to return to their native Haveri.

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