Six Ukrainian citizens were killed during the attack of militants at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul as reported on Sunday, January 21, on Twitter by the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavlo Klimkin. "I reported to the President about the death of 6 Ukrainian citizens as a result of the attack on the hotel in Kabul," the minister wrote.
Later, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and instructed the government to provide them with the necessary assistance. "Shocked by the tragic news from Afghanistan, as a result of the terrorist attack on the hotel in Kabul, Ukrainian citizens and employees of the Ukrainian airline died... Instructed the Cabinet to provide all necessary assistance for the families of Ukrainian citizens who died in Afghanistan," the head of state wrote on his Facebook page.
According to the updated data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Afghanistan, as a result of the attack on the hotel, 18 civilians were killed including four Afghans and 14 foreigners. The Afghan authorities stated that about 9 Ukrainians, one Kyrgyz citizen and one citizen of Greece were killed.
Ten people, all of them Afghans, were wounded.
The Intercontinental Hotel is the most popular hotel for foreigners staying in Kabul. On the day of the attack, January 20, a conference of experts in the field of computer technology was being held that also included government officials among its participants.
According to eyewitnesses, six militants entered through the hotel kitchen. They purposefully searched for foreigners and officials. The operation to liberate the captured building lasted about 13 hours. All of the attackers were killed. 153 hotel guests were rescued.