The US Department of State on Wednesday (local time) said that they have not seen any verified report of Ukraine using Indian students as human shields. These activities are commonly used in Russian disinformation, it said. The statement by the US Department of State came after the Russian Embassy in India had claimed that Indian students have been taken hostage by Ukrainian security forces to use them as a human shield.
“We have seen no verified reports of these incidents, and these types of reports about using civilians as human shields are commonly used in Russian disinformation,” a US Department of State spokesperson said.
In a tweet, Russia in India had said, “According to the latest information, these students are actually taken hostage by the Ukrainian security forces, who use them as a human shield and in every possible way prevent them from leaving for Russia. Responsibility, in this case, lies entirely with the Kyiv authorities.”