by TMR / pic by BERNAMA
NINE Malaysians with two dependents who were brought out of Kyiv, Ukraine, have safely returned to the country yesterday.
The group, including Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Fadhilah Daud, arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at about 3.06pm yesterday via Qatar Airways flight QR0848.
The group was brought out from Kyiv to Poland on Feb 27 after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb 24 announced a special military operation in Donbas, east Ukraine, and following that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared an emergency in the country. Ukraine also announced the closure of air space for civil use due to the high risk of civil aviation.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah were present at KLIA to meet the nine Malaysians and two dependents.
According to a Bernama report, Ismail Sabri described the mission in evacuating Malaysians from Ukraine as a success.
“We are grateful because although the incident is quite alarming, the government has done its best to keep the people in Ukraine safe,” he said at a press conference at KLIA.
He also urged Malaysians who are not registered with the embassy in Ukraine to contact the Malaysian embassy in Poland for assistance.