First Indian casualty in Russia-Ukraine war
A 21 year old Indian medical student Naveen Gyannagoudar was killed in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on 1 March 2022. He was from Karnataka and was waiting outside a grocery store to buy food. He was killed when the grocery store was hit by Russian shelling .
The easteren Ukrainian city of Kharkiv is known for its medical education and has a bulk of Indian students who are trapped there due to heavy Russian bombardment .
The Russian forces invaded Ukraine on 24 February after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised the breakaway Ukrainian province of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent countries.
It was condemned by the world and no country recognises these regions of Ukraine as Independent countries.
The Ukrainian President is Voldoymyr Zelensky who was an actor and comedian before he won the Presidential election in 2019.
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