The UN mission in Darfur is negotiating on release of two Ukrainian citizens and a citizen of Sudan - the crew members of the captured Mi-8 helicopter, UNAMID spokesman Christopher Chikmanik said.
Earlier it was reported that two Ukrainians were on board the helicopter, captured by rebels in Sudan's Darfur region.

"There are negotiations with the rebels on the fate of the crew, involving the Russian company that owns the helicopter, as well as the company that chartered the car and the representatives of our mission with the support of the Sudanese government," Chikmanik noted.

He confirmed that two Ukrainian citizens and a citizen of Sudan are aboard of the captured helicopter.

According to him, the Mi-8 was chartered by the Kuwaiti company Gulf Catering Company, which is engaged in the supply of food under a contract with the United Nations. The mission spokesman does not have accurate information which of the Russian airlines operated this flight. Two Russian airlines said they had no information about the incident in Darfur.


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