Ukrainian evacuation plane takes off from Afghanistan

Source : 112 Ukraine

The number of evacuees and the time of return to Ukraine are being specified
14:58, 21 August 2021

General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces

Today, August 21, a military aircraft Il-76MD of the 25th Transport Aviation Brigade of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took off from the Kabul airport (Afghanistan). This was reported by the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

As of 10:00 on August 21, the Il-76MD of the Air Force is at the Islamabad airfield (Pakistan).

Related: American troops can stay in Afghanistan after August 31, - Biden

The aircraft of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is in the Middle East with a mission to evacuate citizens of Ukraine and foreigners from Afghanistan, where the situation has worsened due to the coming to power of the Taliban.

Over 18,000 people were taken from Kabul since the Taliban seized the capital of Afghanistan.

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 is observed.

The mass media reported that up to 40 people died in the crowd and during the shooting. Later, it was reported that 12 people died in the chaos at the Kabul Airport according to the Taliban.

Besides, the UN secret document states that the Talibans activate the search of people, who, according to them, worked for the U.S. and NATO forces, including among the crowd at the Kabul Airport.

Related: Talibans activate search of Afghans who cooperated with Western forces

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