No Ukrainian military in Afghanistan, only private persons working on contract

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, they will be evacuated from the country as well as all citizens of Ukraine
13:50, 18 August 2021

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba stated that there are no Ukrainian military men in Afghanistan. There are private persons who work on international contracts as he wrote on Facebook.

Kuleba said that he held talks with one of 12 military men who are stuck in Afghanistan.

“There is no direct threat to the life and safety of our citizens. This issue is under special control. The peaceful negotiation takes place on the ways of departure, without conflicts or intimidations,” he said.

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The Foreign Minister noted that 12 soldiers are former military of Ukraine; however, they stay on the basis in Kabul as private persons on the international contracts with UN company subcontractor.

Kuleba added that the military men will be evacuated from Afghanistan by Ukraine or the company that hired them.

As we reported, 12 Ukrainian military servicemen have been stuck at the military base in Kabul. They are still waiting for evacuation.

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Natalya, the sister of one of the servicemen said that Taliban fighters came to that base; fortunately, no violence occurred. The Talibs took their weapons away and ordered to stay put. The servicemen are staying on the base.

According to Natalya, the aircraft departed from Kabul; eight Ukrainians were evacuated, and the other 72 passengers were foreigners. The troopers were not informed about this round of evacuation.

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.

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