A Ukrainian aircraft that arrived in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to evacuate Ukrainians was hijacked by unidentified individuals who flew it into Iran final Sunday, media stories quoted Ukraine’s Deputy International Minister Yevgeny Yenin as saying.
“Final Sunday, our aircraft was hijacked by different individuals. On Tuesday, the aircraft was virtually stolen from us, it flew into Iran with an unidentified group of passengers onboard as a substitute of airlifting Ukrainians. Our subsequent three evacuation makes an attempt had been additionally not profitable as a result of our individuals couldn’t get into the airport,” Yenin stated.
In response to him, the hijackers had been armed. Nonetheless, the Minister didn’t report something about what occurred to the aircraft or whether or not Kiev would search to get it again or how the Ukrainian residents received again from Kabul, onboard of this “virtually stolen” aircraft or one other one despatched by Kiev.
Yenin solely underlined that the entire diplomatic service headed by International Minister Dmitry Kuleba “had been working within the crash take a look at mode” the entire week.
On Sunday, a navy transport aircraft 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 overseas reporters and public figures who requested assist had 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 tug 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 workers and other people from the war-torn nation.