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India willing to mediate de-escalation of conflict in Ukraine

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NEW DELHI, Oct 10: The Indian Ministry of External Affairs expressed deep concern over escalation of conflict in Ukraine on Monday, saying that India was ready to support the de-escalation efforts. Spokesman of the Ministry Arindam Bagchi said in a statement, “India is deeply concerned at the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, including targeting of infrastructure and deaths of civilians.” New Delhi also urges immediate cessation of hostilities, saying that war is in no one’s interest. India also expresses its readiness to support any efforts aimed at de-escalation, adding there is an urgent need of return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue.

“India has consistently maintained since the beginning of the conflict that the global order is anchored in the principles of the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states,” according to the statement. The Indian response came in wake of massive Russian missile attacks on several Ukrainian cities including capital city of Kyiv, Lviv and Dnipropetrovsk, which resulted in huge damage and civilian casualties. (KUNA)

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