News from Ukraine: Ukraine resumes flights with Turkey after coup attempt

12:23 Jul. 17, 2016

Ukraine resumes flights with Turkey after coup attempt

Ukraine resumes flights with Turkey after coup attempt  (UNIAN Photo)

On July 15, a faction of Turkish military tried and failed to stage a coup to overthrow president 

Kyiv's international airport Boryspil resumed its flights to Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, July 16, following a failed coup attempt.

This was reported by Yevhen Dykhne, acting Director General of the airport Boryspil.

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"Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for Ukrainians during this period. As Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommended to refrain from flights, the Ukrainian International Airlines (the UIA) cancelled its regular flights. The Turkish Airlines cancelled nearly 1,000 flights on early July 16. In the meantime, flights with Istanbul are resumed and the Turkish Airlines performs its flights: the evening plane to Boryspil took off and will also return to Istanbul. Charter flights were delayed, but they all were performed", said Dykhne, according to Ukranian media.

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About 30 Ukrainians are now in Istanbul airport, trying to reissue tickets to move to other areas or return to Ukraine.

On Friday night (July 15) a faction of the Turkish military tried and failed to stage a coup to overthrow president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and tanks, helicopters and soldiers clashed with police and protesters in the streets of Istanbul and Ankara.

A total of 265 people were killed in an attempted coup that played out overnight across Turkey, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, July 16, among them 161 government forces and civilians.

1,440 people had been injured and 2,839 military personnel had been detained.

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