On the morning of 22 August, a second evacuation flight arrived in Kyiv from Kabul, carrying 83 Ukrainians and foreigners on board.
As Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba informed, the Ukrainian authorities evacuated Wall Street Journal and Radio Liberty journalists, who were in the greatest danger; children; and women, as well as 12 citizens of Ukraine from Afghanistan.
“I was especially glad to see one of the 12 Ukrainians who had been blocked at a military base near Kabul. I spoke with him on the phone and promised that we would pull them out. We brought them all home. It was about them that the Russians spread fakes, saying that Ukraine abandoned them. But we kept our promise because Ukraine does not abandon its people,” the minister stressed.
It was not the last evacuation flight. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine continues preparing the next one.
Meanwhile, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak said that more than 100 Ukrainians remained in Afghanistan. Their evacuation is expected in the coming days.
After the Taliban had seized almost all of Afghanistan, the world’s countries began to evacuate their citizens. During the first evacuation flight, Ukraine managed to deliver more than 70 compatriots and citizens of other countries, including Belarus.