- Priyanka Chopra shared a heartbreaking video of Ukrainians taking refuge in the subway basement
- Sonu Sood urged Indian government to help evacuate 18,000 students and families in Ukraine
- Onir and Rahul Dholakia also criticized Russia for invading Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in eastern Ukraine, saying it was meant to protect civilians. Later, the Ukrainian government declared a state of emergency and closed the country’s airspace to civilian flights. A full-scale invasion of Ukraine opened with airstrikes and missiles on Ukrainian military installations before troops and tanks crossed the northern, eastern and southern borders. Heartbreaking visuals of the country have been making the rounds on social media, with everyone calling for an immediate Russian shutdown.
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Priyanka Chopra also tried to draw people’s attention to the crisis. She shared a post on Instagram and urged people to help Ukrainian citizens in this time of need. Sharing a video of people taking shelter in the metro, Priyanka wrote, “The situation unfolding in Ukraine is terrifying. Innocent people fear for their lives and those of their loved ones, while trying to navigate the uncertainty of the immediate future. It’s hard to understand how in the modern world this could escalate to such a catastrophic point, but it’s a consequential moment that will reverberate around the world. There are innocent lives living in this area of war. They are just like you and me. Here is more information at the link in my bio on how to help the people of Ukraine (sic).”
Bollywood movie personalities like Onir, Rahul Dholakia, Tillotama Shome, Sonu Sood were among film personalities who on Thursday condemned Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.
Actor Sonu Sood, who has drawn national attention for helping several stranded migrant workers return home during the first pandemic-induced lockdown, has urged the Indian government to help evacuate Indian students and families from Ukraine. “There are 18,000 Indian students and many families who are stranded in Ukraine, I am sure the government must do their best to recover them. I urge the Indian Embassy to find another route for their evacuation,” Sood tweeted.
(With contributions from news agencies)