India pushes Russia to return Indian citizens forced to fight Ukraine war

India is working to secure the return of citizens who say they were conned into fighting for Russia in the war in Ukraine.

“We remain committed, as a matter of top priority, to actively pursuing with the Russian authorities all the relevant cases of Indian nationals for an early discharge from the Russian army,” the Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a Monday statement.

That statement came in the wake of Indian media reports that Russia had recruited young Indian men “to work as army helpers,” only for those people to be deployed to the front lines after coming under Russian control. The controversy has arisen amid a wider discussion between India and Western powers about New Delhi’s potential to aid Ukraine and increase pressure on Russia to curtail the war.

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