Ukraine plane hijacked by armed people in Afghanistan, taken to Iran

A Ukrainian plane that arrived in Afghanistan last week to evacuate Ukrainians has been hijacked by unidentified armed people and was flown into Iran, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin said on Tuesday.

“Last Sunday, our plane was hijacked by other people. On Tuesday, the plane was practically stolen from us, it flew into Iran with an unidentified group of passengers onboard instead of airlifting Ukrainians,” he said.

“Our next three evacuation attempts were also not successful because our people could not get into the airport,” he also added.

However, the deputy minister did not share any information about what happened to the plane or how the Ukrainian citizens got back from Kabul. It still remain unclear whether Kiev would seek to get the plane back or not.

According to reports, a military transport plane carrying 83 people onboard, including 31 Ukrainians, arrived from Afghanistan to Kiev on Sunday.

The presidential office has informed that 12 Ukrainian military personnel has returned home and they have also evacuated the foreign reporters and public figures who requested help from them.

Nearly 100 Ukrainians are still expecting evacuating in Afghanistan, the office reported.

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