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Russia Evacuates Russians, Ukrainians, Poles from Yemen

Aside from Russians Russian evacuation flights took aboard other foreign nationals who wanted to leave Yemen - Poles, Ukrainians, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Belarusians...


MOSCOW, April 3 (TASS) - The first Russian aircraft with nationals of Russia and other countries evacuated from Yemen has landed at the Chkalovsky airfield in the Moscow Region.

The plane landed at 02:25 a.m. Friday Moscow Time [23:25 Thursday UTC]. It carried more than 160 people forced to leave Yemen due to hostilities there. The number included 120 Russians, 15 Belarusians, 10 Poles, eight Ukrainians, three Kyrgyzes, three Uzbeks, two Yemenis and one Tajik. Among them were 15 children aged under two and 64 teenagers.

<figcaption>Russian Emergencies Ministry's jets took aboard as many as 17 Tajik and 20 Polish nationals willing to get out of Yemen | Photo: Mikhail Japaridze, TASS</figcaption>
Russian Emergencies Ministry's jets took aboard as many as 17 Tajik and 20 Polish nationals willing to get out of Yemen | Photo: Mikhail Japaridze, TASS

The second Russian aircraft will land at Chkalovsky in a few hours, it is expected to bring more than 130 people, including 43 Russians, 44 Uzbeks, 15 Yemenis, eight Tajiks, five Belarusians, five Azerbaijanis, three Poles, three Kyrgyzes, two Ukrainians, one Canadian, one Serb, one Lithuanian and one Moldovan. Among them are seven children aged under two and 18 teenagers.


On March 31, UN evacuated its personnel from Yemen for security concerns. Russia started evacuating its nationals from the country as well. Several countries, including Germany, the United States, Turkey and Japan, suspended operation at their respective embassies in Yemen.

The situation in Yemen started to rapidly deteriorate at the beginning of last week. Shiite rebels gained control over large part of the country. Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fled the country.

A coalition of Persian Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in Yemen and started delivering airstrikes at rebel positions in the country. The coalition is currently considering launching a ground operation in Yemen to oust Houthis.

MOSCOW, April 3. (TASS). The second Russian aircraft has delivered to the Russian Federation a regular group of nationals of Russia and other countries evacuated from Yemen.

The plane landed at the Chkalovsky airfield in the Moscow Region a few hours after the landing of the first aircraft from Yemen. Some 150 people, including nationals of Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Yemen, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Poland, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine, have arrived on its board.

On March 31, UN evacuated its personnel from Yemen for security concerns. Russia started evacuating its nationals from the country as well. Several countries, including Germany, the United States, Turkey and Japan, suspended operation at their respective embassies in Yemen.

The situation in Yemen started to rapidly deteriorate at the beginning of last week. Shiite rebels gained control over large part of the country. Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fled the country.

A coalition of Persian Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in Yemen and started delivering airstrikes at rebel positions in the country. The coalition is currently considering launching a ground operation in Yemen to oust Houthis.


MOSCOW, April 3. (TASS) - Foreign countries whose citizens were evacuated from the war-torn Yemen by jets of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and Civil Defense have expressed gratitude to Russia for assistance given to them.

"Tajikistan thanks Russia for evacuation of Tajik nationals from Russia," Abdulfaiz Atoyev, the official spokesman for the country’s Foreign Ministry told TASS.

"The (Russian) Emergencies Ministry’s jets took aboard as many as seventeen our compatriots," he said. "These people who lived in the zones of amassed shelling in Yemen were appealing for help and we must thank Russia for assistance with the evacuation of individuals upon a list we drew up."

"We’re currently drafting a new list of individuals willing to get out of Yemen and the Russian side is once again ready to help with the matter," Atoyev said.

The majority of Tajik nationals stranded on the territory of Yemen are medical workers who have contracts with the Russian companies operating in that Arab country.

The exact number of Tajiks there is not known but it varies from about a hundred to several hundred people, inclusive of family members.

President Emomali Rakhmon has taken personal control of the problems of Tajik citizens’ security in and evacuation from Yemen.

Polish Foreign Ministry on Friday thanked Moscow for assistance in evacuating about twenty Poles from the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

"Poland thanks Russia for airlifting about twenty people from Sanaa to Moscow on April 3," the press service of the ministry said. "We also thank the Russian side for the readiness to help a group of Polish citizens, who have not yet taken a firm decision to leave the country, to get out of Yemen."

Apart from the twenty individuals evacuated aboard a Russian jet from Sanaa on Thursday, China has helped evacuate four Poles from Aden, Yemen’s second most important city, by sea.

"Evacuation of Polish citizens became possible thanks to efficient cooperation the Polish diplomatic and consular services established with their Russian and Chinese counterparts," the ministry said.


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