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Ukraine sends airplane to help battle wildfires in Georgia

by August 30, 2017 General

KIEV, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — Ukraine has sent a firefighting aircraft to Georgia to assist it in battling wildfires in the country’s mountainous region, Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said Wednesday.

The An-32-P plane and its crew will join the efforts to put out fires in a forest near the resort town of Abastumani in southern Georgia, the agency said in a statement.

The air support was dispatched by the order of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the request of the Georgian side, it said.

The An-32-P plane is a firefighting aircraft, capable of carrying up to 8,000 liters of water in four reservoirs.

Wildfires have been raging in Georgia for more than a week. According to the Georgian Interior Ministry, about 1,000 firefighters and rescuers are currently battling the blaze.

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