SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Yesterday, at least 42 passenger flights arrived and departed from the Simferopol airport, the only one in the annexed Crimea.

“Aeroflot Airlines has performed 22 flights in the occupied Crimea; Russia Airlines - 14 flights; Ural Airlines - 8 flights; Globe Airlines – 3 flights; VIM-Avia - 3 flights; Orenburg Airlines – 2 flights; Red Wings Airlines – 1 flight and Yamal Airlines - 1 flight,” a source reports.

A total of 23 flights were carried out along the route Simferopol - Moscow, and 5 aircrafts flew to St.-Petersburg.

Aircrafts also flied to Yekaterinburg, Sochi and Krasnodar (per two flights), as well as to Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Orenburg, Rostov, Samara and Chelyabinsk.

“Performing flights to Crimea, these airlines and crews have violated the Article 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine "Violation of the order of entry and exit to / from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine," reminded the representatives of the BSNews monitoring group.

In April last year, Ukraine imposed a ban on transit flights of Russian airlines, in order to prevent the possible use of Ukrainian airspace for provocations.

The government has instructed the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) to inform the Russian Federation that the Russian airlines and aircrafts no longer have the right to use Ukrainian aviation space. The ban on flights of military aircrafts and those performing military transit was introduced even earlier.

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