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Ukraine asks India for aid with medical and war recovery

April 12, 2023

Ukraine has asked India to supply more medicines and medical equipment and has invited Indian companies to help rebuild Ukraine's infrastructure.

Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine
Ukraine's deputy minister for foreign affairs, Emine Dzhaparova, appealed for aid during a four-day visit to IndiaImage: Altaf Qadri/AP

Ukraine has asked India for medical supplies and has urged India to help rebuild Ukraine's damaged infrastructure, Indian officials said on Wednesday.

India's high-level contacts with Russia have stopped the county from having a more critical voice to the war in Ukraine, with Kyiv seeking to establish stronger ties with India.

What aid is Ukraine seeking from India?

The request was handled by Ukraine's deputy minister for foreign affairs, Emine Dzhaparova, during a four-day visit to India.

"Rebuilding infrastructure in Ukraine could be an opportunity for Indian companies," the Indian foreign ministry cited Dzhaparova as saying.

During her visit this week, she highlighted Ukraine's desire to build a stronger and closer relationship with India, the ministry said in a statement.

She also handed over a letter from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the contents of the letter were not known.

India has not been critical of Russia on its invasion of Ukraine and has abstained from voting on several UN resolutions against Russia.

Although refusing to publicly condemn the invasion, Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin last year this was "not a time for war."

Currently, India remains one of Russia's key trade partners in the oil and defense sectors

vh/rc (Reuters, AP, AFP)

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