India issued a new recommendation on Sunday calling on citizens and students to leave Ukraine in a crisis-stricken country due to persistent high tensions and uncertainty over the situation in the region.

Taking to Twitter, India in Ukraine said, “All Indian nationals whose stay is not deemed essential and all the Indian students, are advised to leave Ukraine temporarily. Available commercial flights and charter flights may be availed for travel, for an orderly and timely departure."

“Indian students are advised to also get in touch with respective student contractors for updates on charter flights, and also continue to follow Embassy Facebook, website, and Twitter for any update," it added.

Other countries, including Germany, Britain and the United States, have also asked their citizens to leave.

The United States and its Western allies have strongly criticized Russia for setting up forces near the border with Ukraine. The United States is sending more troops to Europe to support its allies in fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In addition to sending warships to the Black Sea for naval exercises, Russia has deployed nearly 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine, raising concerns in NATO countries about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.