KFOR: Ukrainian soldiers to remain in Kosovo
The Ukrainian contingent continues to serve as part of the NATO-led KFOR mission under the auspices of the United Nations
A contingent of 40 Ukrainian soldiers serving in Kosovo as part of KFOR will not leave Kosovo to return to their country, a NATO official, whose name has not been disclosed, has said, Koha reported, writes kosovo-online.com.
"The Ukrainian contingent continues to serve as part of the KFOR mission led by NATO and under the mandate of the United Nations. We welcome Ukraine's continued contribution to our mission and its daily efforts to support all communities living in Kosovo and strengthen stability throughout the Western Balkans region," he said.
Kosovo Foreign Minister Donika Gervala said on Monday that Kosovo would soon suspend the transit visa regime for Ukrainian citizens and that it would create conditions for accommodation of families of Ukrainian soldiers in Kosovo.
France announced on Friday that it had issued 74 permits to Ukrainian soldiers who are serving in the French Foreign Legion.
Permission was issued for two weeks to leave the base to help their families. It was also reported that 20 Ukrainians left the base without permission and that they are suspected of having gone to Ukraine to take part in the war.
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