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Mexican Air Force plane lands in Romania for second time

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico’s Air Force plane arrived in Romania over the weekend for a second time. The plane, which will repatriate Mexican nationals back to the country, also delivered humanitarian aid for the refugee camps in Romania.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard posted “The second flight arrives in Romania with aid consisting of medicine, mattresses, quilts and other items for the refugee camps in that country. The Mexican Air Force plane will repatriate our compatriots evacuated from Ukraine next week.”

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft with capacity for more than 150 passengers took off from the hangar of the Air Base 19 of the Mexican Air Force on Friday, around 10:30 a.m., and landed in Bucharest Saturday at 12:17 p.m. local time.

The humanitarian aid delivered is managed by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation. According to the United Nations Organization, the Ukraine-Russia conflict has caused the displacement of at least 2 millions people who have fled the Russian military attacks.

To date, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry has not reported how many people will be repatriated on this flight. There were 225 Mexicans living in Ukraine, most of them in Kiev. More than 100 have already returned to Mexico.

However, according to the Mexican ambassador to Ukraine, Olga Beatriz García Guillen, there are around 30 Mexican women who have decided to stay in Ukraine to support their families while their Ukrainian husband’s fight in the war.