After alleging that its evacuation plane was hijacked and flown to Iran, Ukraine has now retracted its claim.
Abas Aslani, Spokesman for the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran denied the claims and said, “This plane came to Mashhad airport (northeastern Iran) yesterday for refueling and after refueling, it left for Ukraine and arrived at Kyiv airport at 21:50.”
Earlier it said, the plane had arrived in Kabul to evacuate its citizens and was hijacked by unidentified people who flew it to Iran.
“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 quote saying by The Russian News Agency.