The peacekeepers who had been with the UN mission in Liberia for 14 years began to return to Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
The main contingent of the helicopter detachment arrived in Ukraine. In Liberia, there are still Ukrainian soldiers, led by the commander, Colonel Vitaly Panasyuk, who are involved in the process of curtailing the mission. In the near future, they must organize the loading of property and equipment for aviation and maritime transport and finish the mission. After completing this assignment, they will return to Ukraine.
Thus, the UN peacekeeping mission of the 56th separate helicopter detachment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be completed.
According to the resolution of the UN Security Council, in April this year the mandate of the UN mission in Liberia is being completed, therefore all military and police units will be withdrawn from the country.
On January 24, 2018, the Ukrainian crew of the Mi-8 helicopter performed the last flight over the city of Monrovia. Thus, one of the longest peacekeeping missions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was completed.
Note that in Liberia, Ukrainian peacekeepers carried out aviation support for the ground forces of the UN mission, patrolled the borders of Liberia with neighboring countries, transported goods, transported food and medicine to hard-to-reach places of the country, evacuated patients who took part in search and rescue operations, etc. In total, during the whole period of the UN mission in Liberia, in the detachment worked more than 5,000 Ukrainian servicemen.