Two military planes stranded in Ukraine return to Turkey after 10 months

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Airbus A400M military transport planes of the Turkish Air Force had flown to Kyiv-Boryspil Airport shortly after midnight on Feb. 24, as Russia launched its invasion in Ukraine 

Two military planes that had been stranded in Ukraine since the war commenced in the country, have returned back to Turkey. According to a report by Reuters, the Airbus A400M military transport planes belonging to the Turkish Airforce, survived the war and were not damaged. The planes landed safely at the airport in the central Turkish city of Kayseri on Tuesday.   

The announcement was made by the Turkish defence ministry who said, “The two aircraft had gone to Kyiv to deliver humanitarian supplies and evacuate Turkish citizens but became stuck at Kyiv’s airport when Ukrainian air space was closed due to the outbreak of hostilities”.  

The military planes had reached the Kyiv-Boryspil Airport after the midnight of February 24, just as Russian authorities launched their invasion into Ukraine.  

Ukraine government had closed its airspace citing high risk to the safety of the aircrafts due to the use of weapons and military equipment. Soon after, neighboring countries including Moldova closed its airspace as well, while some parts of the Belarus airspace were also shut.  

The European Union Aviations Safety Agency had also issued a warning of risks to the safety of aircrafts flying near Ukraine´s border as well as in Russia.   

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