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New Ukrainian sanctions affect more than 20 Russian airlines

September 17, 2015, 4:41 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. Russian national flag carrying airline Aeroflot and another 20 carriers have been embraced by new sanctions, which the Ukrainian President, Pyotr Poroshenko, decreed on Wednesday.

The sanctions include full or partial bans on flights, air haulage services or transits via the Ukrainian territory.

In addition to Aeroflot as such that flies to Kiev, Odessa, and Kharkov, the sanctions include three of its filial companies - Rossiya, Donavia, and Orenburg Airlines. Transaero, Russia’s second largest airline that went over to Aeroflot’s operational management less than a month ago and that makes flights to Kiev and Odessa, is also on the list.

The third-largest carrier, S7/Sibir airline featured in the sanctions decree has not received any notification from the Ukrainian authorities on the bans on flights and it has not introduced any changes into it schedules of flights to Kiev and Odessa or to transit flights.

Poroshenko’s decree names several more airlines from the list of Russia’s top twenty like Glovbus, VIM-Avia, Kogalymavia, Gazpromavia, and Red Wings.

Another two entries are the Rossiya specialized air detachment, which provides air services to top government officials, and the 224th specialized airlift detachment of the Defence Ministry.

Poroshenko’s sanctions have not bypassed the airlines engaged in the sphere of business aviation services - Sirius-Aero, Rusline, Kosmos, and Rusjet.

Surprisingly enough, the blacklist features the airlines AK Bars Aero and Polyot, the licenses of which have been annulled by the Russian civil aviation authorities.

Somewhat earlier, Ukraine banned the Russian airlines’ flights to Crimea, which reunited with Russia in March 2014 after a regional referendum. However, flights between a host of cities in Russia and the Crimean capital Simferopol continue.

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