Ukraine is sending a combined search and rescue brigade of the State Emergency Service totaling 87 people to Turkey to help tackle the aftermath of the earthquake. This was reported by the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The personnel includes 10 members of aircraft crews.
"In accordance with the second part of Article 135 of the Code of Civil Protection of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Emergency Service are to send to the Republic of Türkiye, using An-32 and An-26 aircraft and road transport, a combined search and rescue brigade of the State Emergency Service (hereinafter the combined search and rescue brigade) with a total strength of 87 people, including 10 members of aircraft crews, to provide assistance in the elimination of the consequences of the earthquake," the message says.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs must ensure that the relevant permits are obtained for the flight of the State Emergency Service aircraft through the airspace to the destination and backwards.
Vasyl Bodnar, the Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey, told Suspilne that, in an optimistic scenario, Ukrainian rescuers could arrive as early as today.
Context. On February 6, 2023, earthquakes hit several countries. The most affected ones were Turkey and Syria. By February 7, it had been known that there had been more than 3,700 casualties. According to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the February 6 quake was the worst disaster to hit the country since 1939, when 33,000 people were killed.
The Ukrainian embassy to Turkey has found nine out of 27 Ukrainians who were in the areas affected by the earthquake.