Did anyone see the GTK Rossiya IL-62 on FR24 yesterday? Was coming in at FL350 from the north-west and then disappeared from coverage at Afghanistan border. I assume was headed for Kabul. Reg was RA-86496.
Also have seen two IL-76s departing KBL on RT’s airport webcam. Too far away to be able to tell whom they belong to. Their climb out was even shallower than Kam’s A340.
I thought these airplanes were all Russian Air Force repatriating citizens of Russia and Ukraine.
Ukraine was using their own IL-76 for their citizens though. I really doubt Russia is flying Ukrainians out.
One of Ukrainian Il-76's (apparently, there was more than one) did two movements out of KBL within 24hrs. First, it shuttled locals to a place in Iran. Depending on who you listen to, either done under duress, or as a favor/mercy mission to save local Shia's from imminent danger of Taliban.
Upon return to Kabul, that same Il-76 embarked Ukraine-bound passengers and continued to KBP.
According to Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign affairs, the main issue continues to be actually getting folks to the KBL airport. Once on the airport compound, things are still manageable, and Il-76's are preparing for further pick-ups. But making it to the airport continues to be (or becomes ever stronger, again depends on who you ask) the greatest challenge.