President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon today announced in a press briefing that pilots held hostage for 3.5 years in Afghanistan were released.
As TRIBUNA informs, Igor Dodon reminded that on November 24, 2015, a Moldovan helicopter collapsed in Afghanistan.
‘’As a result, one of the crew members was killed – the captain and the other two Moldovans took to the plenary by the Taliban in Afghanistan. As the Moldovan crew members officially worked for the US government, they made several attempts to save the boys, but without any results. Last year, I addressed my friends in the Russian Federation. Over the past few months, they had several activities, quite important and 2 days ago, finally, our citizens were released and were transported to Moscow. At the moment, the pilots are in the hospital, the health is good, the doctors work with them. When we brought them to Moscow, they did not think this happened. They have been held for 3.5 years in a pit in the ground, they have not seen the sun. They are telling some amazing details. All actions were coordinated by Special Mission Advisor, Pavel Voicu, the vice-president of the Supreme Security Council. Namely, he was in Moscow and with a special route they arrived and were released. I want to tell you that after this press conference, the families of these pilots will be contacted on the phone. I understand there are great emotions, but we could not inform them earlier. These actions were secret, special, so any leakage of information would have destroyed the saving plan of our citizens, “Dodon said.
Trainee translator: Mihaela Grosu