First fine for flying over annexed Crimea paid to Ukraine. Kazakhstan Airlines appeared to be the first
For the first time since the annexation of Crimea, Ukraine’s budget received money, which was collected in the form of a fine for violating the airspace of the peninsula.
The information agency of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Armіya INFORM reported about the payment.
“For five years, Ukraine has been trying to hold foreign airlines whose aircraft violate the airspace of Ukraine within the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, financially responsible. Since, on the basis of international law, Ukraine must guarantee the safety of flights in its airspace, this has become impossible during the war with Russia. Therefore, after the annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine banned all airlines from taking off and landing from Simferopol Airport and closed airspace over the entire territory of the peninsula in March 2014,” the report said.
It is noted that the number of violations amounted to more than 200 thousand. For none of them, so far, no one has incurred any economic responsibility.
On August 8, 2019, a Euro-Asia Air plane flew over occupied Crimea. After that, the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine issued a fine. As a result, Kazakh airlines pleaded guilty and honestly paid the money.
The budget of Ukraine replenished by 136 thousand hryvnias.
Meanwhile, the amount of fines for violation of airspace in the Crimea by civilian aircraft of Russian airlines alone has already reached 13 billion hryvnias.
Earlier, it was reported that the state-owned air traffic services company UkSATSE suffered financial and operational losses estimated at 19 billion hryvnias due to the temporary occupation of Crimea and part of Donbas.
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