Illegal Flights to Occupied Crimea: Ukraine Puts Lien on Thirteen Planes of Russian Carrier


Granting a motion filed by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, the court put a lien on 13 aircraft of the Russian air carrier that were used to transport passengers to/from the Simferopol-Avia checkpoint closed by Ukraine. It is located in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Since 2019, the carrier has been illegally using 13 Airbus passenger planes to transport people across the state border of Ukraine with its official website selling tickets for flights from/to the occupied peninsula.

Ukraine considers flights operated by foreign (mostly Russian) airlines to the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea as a violation of international law, actions that undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, as well as violation of Ukrainian law, entailing criminal liability for air carriers, operators, and aircraft captains.

It is currently known that at least 37 Russian carriers operate scheduled flights to the occupied peninsula.

Earlier, a lien was put on 211 aircraft within the same criminal proceedings

Natalia Tolub

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