“As of morning, 120 citizens of Ukraine and members of their families expressed the desire to evacuate from Afghanistan. The issue is about the Ukrainians of Afghan origin and persons who work on private contracts. We are in contact with everyone,” he said.
The spokesperson stated that the Ukrainian plane stays at the airport of Kabul. It has to evacuate Ukrainians from Afghanistan seized by the Taliban. However, the evacuation is impossible as of now due to the ban for flights for civilian aircraft acting in the territory of Afghanistan.
Moreover, the situation at the airport of Kabul remains uncontrolled.
“The Foreign Ministry, embassies, and involved establishments assume maximal efforts to solve the issue of plane departure from the Ukrainian side. Priority number one is safety. The evacuation will start only when safe conditions are created. Parallelly, other variants of the evacuation of our citizens are being developed,” Nikolenko said.
The Foreign Ministry assured that Ukraine will not leave its citizens in Afghanistan to the merсу of fate.
“The Ukrainians who stay in the country would like to return; they should immediately report about themselves to the embassy in Tadzhikistan or Pakistan. The relatives can call on the hotline of the Foreign Ministry. Then the diplomats can plan on the safety variant of help,” he added.
As we reported, Ukraine evacuated from Afghanistan on its plane Ukrainians and the citizens of four more countries. Later, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky specified on Twitter that almost 80 people were evacuated from Afghanistan on the Ukrainian plane. The number includes eight Ukrainians and citizens of other states who asked about the urgent evacuation.
The Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. 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 is observed.
On August 15, Taliban militants stated to take control over the whole territory of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country a few hours after the radical Taliban entered Kabul.
As we reported, militants of the radical Taliban entered the presidential palace and took it under their control.