A Ukrainian plane in Afghanistan to evacuate its citizens was hijacked and diverted to Iran, reports quoted a Ukraine Minister as saying.
The plane had reportedly arrived last week to evacuate Ukrainians. The Ukrainian Minister also alleged that the plane was flown to Iran instead of airlifting Ukrainians.
“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.
Our next three evacuation attempts were also not successful because our people could not get into the airport,” Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin was quoted as saying by to Russian News Agency TASS.
Earlier it said, the plane had arrived in Kabul to evacuate its citizens and was hijacked by unidentified people who flew it to Iran.
The report quoted the Deputy Foreign Minister saying that the hijackers were armed. However, he didn’t report anything about what happened to the plane or whether Kiev would seek to get it back or how the Ukrainian citizens got back from Kabul, onboard of this “practically stolen” plane or another one sent by Kiev.
Iran, meanwhile, has denied the claim that the country was behind the alleged hijack. “Apparently it happened yesterday at 22:00 local/1730Z, the aircraft landed in Mashhad for “Refueling” and immediately embarked for Kyiv afterward… We deny the Ukrainian claims,” Iranian Civil Aviation Organization Spokesperson Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh told ILNA agency.