Sri Lanka seeks details on medical students ‘rescued from Russian captivity’ in Ukraine
Sri Lanka has sought more information from the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian embassy in New Delhi on the news of the rescue of seven Sri Lankan students from Kupyansk Medical College in the Kharkiv region in Ukraine.
Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said that it has requested the Ukrainian Government to ascertain the veracity of the news item and to provide more information on it as a matter of priority, given the need to ensure the welfare of Sri Lankan nationals in Ukraine.
“The Ministry is in close communication with the Ukrainian Government through the Sri Lanka Embassy in Ankara which is concurrently accredited to Ukraine, as well as through the Ukrainian Embassy in New Delhi, in order to obtain further information on this matter,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
On Friday, Ukrainian media reported quoting Ukrainian President Voldomyr Zelensky who said that seven Sri Lankan students have been rescued from “torture chambers”; where civilians were abused by Russian soldiers in areas of the Kharkiv region in Ukraine. “In particular, seven citizens of the Republic of Sri Lanka, students of Kupyansk Medical College [were rescued].