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Ukraine war

Modi urges Putin to immediately end violence in Ukraine

Phone call comes as India seeks to evacuate thousands of its citizens

In a phone call, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a halt to the violence in Ukraine.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Responding to the Russian attack on Ukraine, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone to appeal for "an immediate cessation of violence," the prime minister's office said Thursday.

Modi "called for concerted efforts from all sides to return to the path of diplomatic negotiations and dialogue," said the statement, which began by noting that Putin had briefed the Indian leader on recent developments regarding Ukraine.

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