According to Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, there were 33 Ukrainians on board.
Subsequent flights from Nur-Sultan are scheduled for January 13 and 16.
“We are working on organizing the return of the rest of the Ukrainians who asked for help, especially those in Almaty. Ukraine does not abandon its own people, this is an unshakable principle,” the minister stressed.
As the speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on January 9, the majority of Ukrainians in Almaty, who cannot leave Kazakhstan due to canceled flights, are 116 citizens. Fortunately, no Ukrainians were killed, injured or detained during the mass protests.
The protests in Kazakhstan began against the background of the rise in the price of autogas, clashes with the security forces, the seizure of administrative buildings and looting began in the cities.
By January 4, protests had gripped the entire country. In several large cities, including Almaty, clashes broke out between protesters and security forces. A critical level of terrorist threat has been declared in Kazakhstan.
As of January 9, since the beginning of the protests in Kazakhstan, 164 people have died, including three children.