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Ukrainian Foreign Minister to visit India at end of March, reports say

Ukrainian Foreign Minister to visit India at end of March, reports say Photo: Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will visit India later this month, according to The Hindu.

A diplomatic source told the agency that reports of Kuleba's upcoming visit came days after India's national security adviser Ajit Doval spoke with the head of the President's Office Andrii Yermak.

The agency emphasizes that Kuleba's visit will be closely watched, as it will be the first visit of a high-ranking Ukrainian official to India since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The war caught the attention of the Indian media after The Hindu agency published a report that several Indians had been duped by fraudulent employment agencies into working as aides to the Russian military on the frontline of hostilities with Ukraine.

In the early months of the war, there were also reports that Ukraine recruited some non-resident Indians who voluntarily agreed to act on the side of Ukraine. These issues are expected to be raised during Kuleba's visit to India.

Indian mercenaries

Earlier, the Reuters agency reported that India appealed to the Russian Federation for the early release of some of its citizens who work in the Russian army in support positions.

The statement by India's Foreign Ministry came after a local news agency reported that around 100 Indians were hired on contracts of at least one year last year.

The Russian army recruits mercenaries all over the world. Recently, scandals arose in connection with the citizens of Cuba and Nepal.