KABUL (Agencies): There are 12 Ukrainian servicemen at a military base in Afghanistan, Oleg Nikolenko, an official representative of the country’s Foreign Ministry , told Ukrinform . At the same time, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar claims on Facebook that there is not a single Ukrainian military in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the TV channel 24 reported that there are 12 Ukrainian servicemen at a military base in Afghanistan, citing relatives of the military. According to the channel, all the Americans have already been evacuated from the base, and now there are 40 people left there, among whom, in addition to citizens of Ukraine, there are Georgians, Romanians and Bulgarians. The sister of one of the soldiers said that the Taliban came to the base and took away the weapons from the servicemen.
“The Foreign Ministry is aware of twelve Ukrainians who are now at a military base in Afghanistan. Our embassy keeps in touch with them and will instruct on further steps as soon as the possibility of evacuation appears, ”said Mr. Nikolenko.
For her part, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine said that the peacekeeping personnel who carried out tasks in Afghanistan during the NATO operation returned to Ukraine on June 8. “Consequently, there are no soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Afghanistan,” she wrote.