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As hostilities in the war-torn Ukraine increased, India on Tuesday withdrew over 600 of its citizens from the besieged Ukrainian city of Sumy through the first large humanitarian corridor established by Ukrainian and Russian authorities in the country. A day after a similar attempt failed when ceasefire plans broke apart, the operation to remove Indians, largely students, from the eastern city of Sumy was kept under wraps. The final go-ahead from authorities in Kyiv for the evacuation came at about midnight Ukrainian time (3.30 am IST) and Indian officials were in position within hours at Sumy and various staging locations to enable the Indians' leave.