I am referring to Indian Prime Minister Modi second phone call to Putin during Russo-Ukraine conflicts, to get help to evacuate stranded Indian Students in Ukraine. So Putin halted his war for 6 hours.

Is it first time in history that ongoing war was halted for few hours to evacuate people?

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    Haven't seen this mentioned in either Russian or Western sources, so it seems like Indian propaganda or low quality sources drumming up some local ceasefire (seemingly around Kharkiv), if there even was one. Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 6:03
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    Depends on your definition of "evacuate" - the March 2019 120-hour ceasefire in Syria link might qualify Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 6:27
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    I cannot think of any special instance but I am pretty sure it's not.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 6:31
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    Anyway, the university in Kharkiv got "cancelled" (Russian-world style) bbc.com/news/world-60597751 And the Indian government denied (Russian) reports that their students are being held hostage thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/… Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 6:33
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    This pipanews article contains strange turns of phrase such as "the Ukrainian army is drinking water from three ponds" and "citizens on the battlefield is showing the dots for Russia". It also mentions an "Also Read:" article with no links. Smells like bad machine translation, or automatically generated, which fits the too-many-ads theme.
    – BoppreH
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 15:12

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According to more serious (but still Indian) sources relating on the matter (of this 2nd phone call), like The Hindu reporting of today, no such cessation was agreed. At best:

Moscow is considering a humanitarian corridor for foreign nationals stuck in Kharkiv

So it looks like pipanews.com = fake news.

On the other hand, the Indian foreign ministry has confirmed the death of one Indian student in the shelling on Kharkiv.

  • Was 6 hours window provided all International students or just Indian students. No results come up for other international students except Indian. Can you please clarify?
    – Ubi.B
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 16:00
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    @Ubihatt the window was not provided at all.
    – Peteris
    Commented Mar 5, 2022 at 17:47
  • Insofar the promised humanitarian corridors didn't quite work out either. Mutual accusations of breaking the ceasefire, etc. edition.cnn.com/2022/03/05/europe/… ; edition.cnn.com/2022/03/05/europe/… Commented Mar 5, 2022 at 21:29
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    @Ubihatt How can you have a cease-fire "just for Indian students"? It doesn't make sense, the Russians are shelling Ukrainian cities with artillery from many kilometers away, they can't exactly check passports and identities before firing. A cease-fire affects everyone indiscriminately. Commented Mar 6, 2022 at 14:27
  • @RBarryYoung When no other countries were taking initiatives to bring back their own students back (including China) India started evacuating. Pakistan and Turkey students used Indian flags in city to take the bus towards boarder. P.M. Modi remains the only premier who spoke twice directly with Putin for peace and evacuating students. Also, student shared their experience that seeing Indian flag Ukrainians used to stop buses and Russian didn't harassed them but only upon reaching border - Border forces of Ukraine ill treated them.
    – Ubi.B
    Commented Mar 7, 2022 at 11:05

For example, it was practiced in 2008-2009 conflict between Israel and Hamas:

Due to the number of civilian casualties and the deteriorating humanitarian situation, Israel faced significant international pressure for a ceasefire, the establishment of a humanitarian corridor, access to the population of Gaza and the lifting of the blockade.[253] On 7 January, Israel opened a humanitarian corridor to allow the shipment of aid into Gaza. The Israeli army agreed to interrupt fighting for three hours and Hamas agreed not to launch rockets during the pause.[254][255][256] Israel repeated the ceasefire either daily or every other day.


This (assuming it happened, per Fizz's answer) is definitely not the first time a war has been halted for a few hours to allow evacuation of people. In fact, Russia has halted a war for a few days to allow evacuation of civilians.

In the Second Chechen War:

December 6, 1999: Russian planes rained flyers today on the Chechen capital with an ultimatum to rebel fighters and civilians still holed up in the battered city: Leave or be destroyed.

The Russian command warned that anyone in Grozny had until Saturday to flee before federal forces unleashed a massive artillery and air bombardment to smash the city into submission. It said a safe corridor would be open until Dec. 11 to let civilians escape.


EDIT: It looks like Russia has done (or at least declared it is doing; Ukraine alleges violations) the same thing in Ukraine.

  • It seems more like a warning rather than an evacuation process to me,(personal opinion)
    – user42212
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 8:17
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    @AbhinavLenka how so? They did warn civilians to leave, but they also halted the invasion & provided a safe corridor.
    – Allure
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 8:26
  • In the '99 war it is more like an ultimatum given to the citizens to run away rather than bravely defend their own country so that they will face less resistance whereas the case now is pertaining to safe return of foreign individuals.
    – user42212
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 8:47
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    Civilians who refuse to leave their homes may be "treated as hostile fighters" but that doesn't make them so. This sort of thing is the aggressor laying the groundwork for later claims they they aren't war criminals after they indiscriminately bomb civilians.
    – Eric Nolan
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 10:26
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    @EricNolan I still don't see the relevance. The question asks about whether a war has been halted to evacuate people, and that's what happened in this situation.
    – Allure
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 15:09

The question does not specify anything about evacuating civilians, so the Christmas Truce might qualify, when they let each other evacuate their wounded from no man's land.

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