Ukrainian plane hijacked in Kabul, Russian media deny Kiev
A Russian Press Agency reported that a Ukrainian plane that arrived in Afghanistan to rescue its citizens was hijacked by armed people. Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin announced on Tuesday that the plane had been taken to Iran.
However, Ukraine has since denied reports of hijacking.
According to the Russian news agency, Yenin said during several unsuccessful evacuation attempts: âLast Sunday our plane was hijacked by other people. On Tuesday the plane was practically stolen from us, it landed in Iran with an unidentified group of passengers on board instead of carrying Ukrainians by plane.
“Our next three evacuation attempts were also unsuccessful because our people couldn’t get into the airport,” Yenin added vaguely.
The minister, however, did not comment on the location of the plane or what happened to the plane. There is also no clarity on how Ukrainian citizens returned from Kabul when the plane sent for the evacuation was “practically stolen” or was there another sent by Kiev.
Yenin too critical the diplomatic service headed by Foreign Minister Dmitri Kuleba said it was operating in “crash test” mode.
However, Kiev has denied any incidents of this type of hijacking.
The Ukrainian FM spokesman denied any hijacking of a Ukrainian evacuation plane.
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Russian media Interfax as well as Ukrainian spokesperson for FM denied reports of a hijacking, according to Iranian state-affiliated media Tehran Times.
As through the IANS News Agency, a military transport plane with 83 people, including 31 Ukrainians, arrived from Afghanistan to Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. The president’s office reported that 12 soldiers also returned home unharmed. 100 Ukrainians are still waiting to be evacuated from Afghanistan, according to agency reports.