Today, March 18, 57 flights are carried out, and 11,500 citizens will be returned to Ukraine. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated this. The broadcast was carried out by the 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Today, 57 flights are carried out, which return home 11,500 Ukrainians. Among them are our citizens who are stuck in Austria and Sri Lanka. The flight from Vienna at 13:30 has already returned our people to their native land. Some Ukrainians from Sri Lanka has also returned. The rest will be in Ukraine by the end of today," the President said.
He also noted that 33 citizens are returning to Ukraine with a special presidential board. Among them are 18 women and five children. Elderly people are present, too.
"In addition, together with the Polish railway, we are working on the launch of special trains on the evacuation of Ukrainians from Poland," the president added.
This morning, local residents who were in Sharm el-Sheikh returned to Zaporizhya. The first plane arrived in the morning, all passengers went through temperature screening, everyone is absolutely healthy. Another aircraft landed at 19:00. All arrivals will be at home on self-isolation.
By the end of the day, planes will arrive in Boryspil from Madrid, Hurghada, Barcelona, Sharjah, Vienna, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Great Britain and other countries and cities. Here, everyone also measures the temperature during boarding and landing.
All boards land in terminal F, because in connection with quarantine, the largest terminal at the airport closed terminal D. The airport also reduced the number of employees.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Austria said that all Ukrainians who were in the resort city of Tyrol should be quarantined due to the fact that a case of coronavirus was recorded there.
Nikita Andreev, the Ukrainian located in Cyprus said that it would be extremely difficult to return from there without the help of the state. He said that about five hundred Ukrainians were in Cyprus. Keeping in touch with the consul is difficult.
He also noted that the proposed preferential tickets from Cyprus to Kyiv cost 200 Euros (for his family, the flight was cost $950), while before quarantine tickets on both sides cost 25 euros. But the flights for which these tickets were canceled due to quarantine.
"In fact, in Cyprus, it seems that only Ukrainians remained among foreigners. Russians were all taken out for the last two days, other citizens as well. Germany sent its planes, Great Britain did. And, in fact, only Ukrainians can be found now," Andreev said.
As we reported before, Border guards will be able to let Ukrainians enter and leave Crimea during quarantine, taking into account the humanitarian needs of such movements. This became known at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.