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Ukraine has charged penalty amounting to UAH 721 million 236 thousand to the Russian Airlines for flights to the occupied Crimea, the State Aviation Service of Ukraine reports.

“Just after the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, Ukraine has charged penalty amounting to UAH 721 million 236 thousand to the Russian Airlines that violated the Ukrainian law and served flights to the occupied Crimea,” the State Aviation Service of Ukraine reports, noting that more than 5000 orders have been issued with regard to the violation of the ban on flights to Crimea.

Commenting on the launch of daily flights Sochi – Simferopol by Russian Aeroflot Airlines, representatives of the agency noted that more than one thousand court cases for the recovery of fines has been opened against the Aeroflot, although the fines were not paid.

“They have not paid a dime yet,” the State Aviation Service added.

After the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in March 2014, the State Aviation Service of Ukraine has decided to ban all flights over the Crimean peninsula. Later, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) officially confirmed the Ukrainian aviation authorities’ control over the Crimean air space.

In May this year, the court upheld the fine of UAH 7 million 700 thousand imposed by the State Aviation Service on Russia’s Aeroflot for flights to Crimea.

Moreover, the Ukrainian authorities closed the Crimean ports for international navigation; the train and bus services to the temporarily occupied territory were stopped as well.

Earlier, the management of Antonov State Enterprise, the only Ukrainian designer and manufacturer of cargo and passenger aircrafts, announced that it intends to ban the operation of An-family aircrafts for Russian airlines outside the Russian Federation.

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