The plane of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine took off for Afghanistan for a possible evacuation of Ukrainians. The Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleh Nikolenko reported about it, Interfax writes.
"We are working out two plans: evacuation of citizens on a plane that is already at Kabul airport, and evacuation by a plane of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, which departed from Kyiv today," Nikolenko said.
It is reported that more than 150 Ukrainians, members of their families, and foreigners have expressed a desire to be evacuated from Afghanistan.
Currently, Ukrainian diplomats are carrying out three tasks.
"The first one is a safe corridor for access to the airport, as the situation there remains partially unruled, part of the airport is closed, the other part is controlled by foreign troops, a number of checkpoints are located at the entrances to the airport. The second task is to safely board the people on the plane and its technical training: we have all seen the footage in the news, what a crowd gathered at Kabul airport, how people are trying to catch any opportunity to get on planes; there was also a dysfunction of service companies, primarily in refueling, " the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said.
The third task is to obtain permission to take off and safely leave Afghanistan.
The evacuation will begin as soon as these issues are resolved.
On August 15, militants of radical movement Taliban seized Afghanistan.
As a result, hundreds of thousands of people have decided to leave the country. However, after the Taliban took control of all of Afghanistan's state borders, so they could only leave through Kabul airport. Because of that, the capital's airport was in chaos.
But the day before it became known that the airspace over Kabul was closed for the flight of any civilian aircraft, only military aircraft can fly there.
On July 16, a Ukrainian plane evacuating citizens from Afghanistan was able to pick up 79 citizens. Among them are citizens of Ukraine, Afghanistan, Belarus, the Netherlands, Croatia and Tajikistan.
Some of the Afghan citizens evacuated to Ukraine have already applied for refugee status.