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Moscow also evacuates civilians from Kabul by airlift

With 4 aircraft it brings back not only Russians, but also Ukrainians and citizens of CSTO countries

The four military transport aircraft deployed by Moscow for the repatriation of compatriots from Afghanistan took off this morning from Kabul for their final destination at Ulyanovsk airport, or the airport set up for the airlift. But the evacuation of civilians does not only concern Russian citizens: according to what is announced by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, these aircraft are also dealing with the return of Ukrainian civilians and citizens belonging to countries that adhere to the CSTO, Collective Security Treaty Organization, or a defensive alliance created in 1992 by six Nations belonging to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). On board the planes, therefore, also civilians from Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. With them fly military doctors with medical equipment and medicines, as well as necessities such as supplies of water, food and blankets.

One of the aircraft that took off from Kabul this morning, an Ilyushin Il-76 strategic transport, made a stop at Gissar Air Base, Republic of Tajikistan, where it has disembarked the Tajik citizens. The four planes brought back over 500 civilians to their homeland in just a few hours.


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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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