A Ukrainian airplane that arrived in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to evacuate Ukrainians was hijacked by unidentified individuals who flew it into Iran final Sunday, media reviews quoted Ukraine’s Deputy Overseas Minister Yevgeny Yenin as saying.
“Final Sunday, our airplane was hijacked by different individuals. On Tuesday, the airplane was virtually stolen from us, it flew into Iran with an unidentified group of passengers onboard as an alternative of airlifting Ukrainians. Our subsequent three evacuation makes an attempt have been additionally not profitable as a result of our individuals couldn’t get into the airport,” Yenin mentioned.
Based on him, the hijackers have been armed. Nonetheless, the Minister didn’t report something about what occurred to the airplane or whether or not Kiev would search to get it again or how the Ukrainian residents bought again from Kabul, onboard of this “virtually stolen” airplane or one other one despatched by Kiev.
Yenin solely underlined that the entire diplomatic service headed by Overseas Minister Dmitry Kuleba “had been working within the crash take a look at mode” the entire week.
On Sunday, a navy transport airplane with 83 individuals onboard, together with 31 Ukrainians, arrived from Afghanistan to Kiev. The presidential workplace reported that 12 Ukrainian navy personnel returned residence, whereas international reporters and public figures who requested assist have been additionally evacuated. The workplace additionally added that round 100 Ukrainians are nonetheless anticipating evacuating in Afghanistan.
After the US introduced the tip of 20-year-long navy operation in Afghanistan and began to drag out troopers, the Taliban went on an offensive towards Afghanistan authorities forces. Taliban on August 15 swept into Kabul, forcing the US and different international locations to evacuate their embassy employees and folks from the war-torn nation.