Last batch of Ukrainian peacekeepers withdrawn from Liberia

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The last batch of Ukrainian troops deployed to Liberia for the United Nations peacekeeping mission there on Tuesday returned home.

Ukraine has contributed to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) since 2004, initially deploying 260 troops before later increasing that number to 301.

UNMIL confirmed the withdrawal of the troops in a tweet sent on Tuesday.

In accordance with the resolution of the UN Security Council, all military and police units will be withdrawn from the West African country, as the UNMIL’s mandate comes to an end in April of 2018.

“Almost 14 years our aviators escorted land convoys, provided cargo and passenger carrying operations, and conducted aerial border patrols, as well as casevac, search and rescue operations,” an unnamed General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.

According to Ukrainian based UNIAN news agency, Ukrainian peacekeepers were the only ones who performed search and rescue missions in Liberia.

During the 14-year mission, twenty-three rotations of the Ukrainian contingent took place.

Also in that period, aircrews carried out more than 55,000 sorties, having spent almost 60,000 hours in the African sky.

A total of 5,500 peacekeepers served in the 56 separate helicopter detachment.