New DelhiExternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday met Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shyamal at the United Nations Headquarters here and apprised him of India’s principled position which insists on ending all hostilities and returning to dialogue and diplomacy.
Jaishankar met the Ukrainian leader here on the sidelines of a high-level UN General Assembly session, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of nearly 300,000 reservists, saying the move was to protect Russia’s sovereignty. It was necessary because “the West demands. Weaken, divide and ultimately destroy this country.”
Jaishankar tweeted, “Met with Prime Minister of Ukraine @Denys_Shmyhal at UN Headquarters this morning.”
This morning at the UN Headquarters, met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine @Denys_Shmyhal,
Thank you for sharing your perspective and assessing the ongoing conflict. Discussed their consequences, including food security, energy security and the security of nuclear facilities. pic.twitter.com/UtCaWXeoyu– Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 21, 2022
Jaishankar said he conveyed to Prime Minister Shyamal “India’s principled position which insists on ending all hostilities and returning to dialogue and diplomacy.”
The minister “thanked them for sharing their perspectives and assessing the ongoing conflict. They discussed their consequences, including food security, energy security and the security of nuclear facilities.”
Jaishankar assured them that India would continue to provide humanitarian aid. India has not yet condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has maintained that the crisis should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.
Since early September, Ukrainian forces have increasingly occupied large amounts of land in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, which was taken over by Russian troops in the early weeks of the war, beginning February 24.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed on Wednesday that a total of 5,937 Russian soldiers have been killed during military operations in Ukraine, while the number killed on the Ukrainian side is ten times higher, with 61,207 Kyiv soldiers killed.
It is the first time Russia has announced its losses during a military campaign since late March, when casualties stood at 1,351.