"For a week and a half, three evacuation flights arrived to Ukraine from Kabul: the first - on August 16, as well as on weekends - on August 22 and 23. In total, there were about 250 passengers, among them citizens of Ukraine, whom our state evacuated from Afghanistan," the speaker said.
Demchenko noted that among the foreign citizens who were evacuated by Ukraine, citizens of Afghanistan predominated.
“If we talk about our compatriots, these are more than 50 citizens, the rest are foreigners. On the first flight there were also citizens of Tajikistan, Croatia, the Netherlands, Belarus, but most of all among foreigners - citizens of Afghanistan. Some of them are family members of our compatriots, in addition, they are journalists, public figures," the representative of the State Border Guard Service said.
At the same time, he noted that 65 Afghan citizens have turned to Ukraine for help, and the Migration Service will consider their applications for refugee status.
On August 15, the Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had left the country to avoid bloodshed as the Taliban entered the capital Kabul. Members of the diplomatic missions of the Western countries and their staff consisting of locals did not evacuate and they stay in the capital airport, where chaos was observed.
As we reported, in total, the US military evacuated 17,000 people from Afghanistan, including 2,500 US citizens.