August 30, 2021. OTTAWA, ON. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) congratulates Ukraine on a successful rescue operation in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 27 that saved Afghan translators and their families – 19 people in all – who are now in Kyiv and will be resettled in Canada. One of the translators worked with the Canadian military and one with the Globe and Mail.
“This courageous operation by Ukrainian special forces shows the strong bonds of friendship and long-standing close ties between Canada and Ukraine,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the UCC. “The Ukrainian forces acted with boldness, valour and fearlessness. In the terrible circumstances in Afghanistan, Ukraine has demonstrated that it has Canada’s back, and we are grateful to them.”
In an August 29 report, the Globe and Mail stated, “The rescue, which was co-ordinated by the Ukrainian military, the office of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and The Globe, may pave the way for other Afghans fleeing the Taliban to make their way to Canada.”
The full report from the Globe and Mail on the rescue operation is available here: Ukrainian troops rescue Canada-bound Afghans in daring operation