Ukrainian military helicopters evacuated the peacekeeper of the Republic of Malawi, who survived by himself in the jungle of Democratic Republic of the Congo for 16 days. This was reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry.
"During the clashes, a peacekeeper from the contingent of the Republic of Malawi lost contact with his unit and ended up alone in the jungle. Search and rescue operations did not give any results for 16 days due to extremely dense vegetation and difficult weather conditions. Fortunately, this soldier did not panic and managed to reach an open area, where he was found and promptly evacuated by the crew of a Ukrainian military helicopter," the message said.
It doctors after the inspection of the Malawi peacekeeper said that his health was stable, he had a general body exhaustion and minor skin damage.
The Ukrainian servicemen of the 18th Separate Helicopter Detachment of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO), together with the medical personnel of the South African Republic, transported a peacekeeper to a military hospital in Goma.
"Next, he must undergo a full medical examination," the message notes.
The MONUSCO, together with the Armed Forces of the country, is conducting a large-scale operation against the illegal armed formation in North Kivu region, which is also the area of responsibility of the Ukrainian national contingent.
The mission assumes that Malawi citizen managed to survive for a long time in the jungle due to training he received in his home country, and training conducted by mission personnel in DR Congo. All peacekeeping contingents without exception receive this training.
As it was reported earlier, Ukraine's president urges UN to deploy peacekeepers in Donbas in September. Poroshenko thinks that it is a timely possibility for the members of the organization and its leadership of the implementation of the relevant events on this issue. He specified that the international mission with broad and clear authorities should settle the conflict, not freeze it.