General Assembly General Assembly

UNGA Emergency Special Session (ESS) on Ukraine

[28 February 2022]

Statement by Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti,

Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations



Mr. President,


India is deeply concerned that the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate. We reiterate our call for the immediate cessation of violence and an end to hostilities.


2. All member states of the United Nations are not only obliged to follow the UN Charter but also respect international law and territorial integrity and sovereignty of states.


3. Peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with these principles has been India’s consistent position that has stood the test of time. As such, my Government firmly believes, that there is no other choice but to return to the path of diplomacy.


4. Prime Minister Modi has advocated this strongly in his recent conversations with the leadership of the Russian Federation and Ukraine. In this regard, we welcome the commencement of direct talks between both sides. We reiterate our firm conviction that all differences and interests can only be bridged through honest, sincere and sustained dialogue.


5. There is an urgent and pressing humanitarian situation developing in Ukraine. The international community needs to ensure free and uninterrupted humanitarian access and smooth movement of all peoples.


6. Keeping in view the humanitarian requirements in Ukraine, my Government has also decided to provide urgent relief supplies, including medicines. These are expected to be delivered soon.


7. India is doing whatever it can to undertake immediate and urgent evacuation efforts of Indian nationals who are still stranded in Ukraine. The safety and security of Indian nationals, including a large number of students, remains our top priority. The complex and uncertain situation at the border crossings is adversely impacting the uninterrupted and predictable movement of people. This important humanitarian necessity must be immediately addressed. In this regard, I would like to thank all neighboring countries of Ukraine who have opened their borders for our citizens and given all facilities to our Missions and their personnel to evacuate Indian nationals to their home land. We stand ready to help those from our neighbours and developing countries who are also stranded in Ukraine and may seek assistance.


I thank you Mr. President.