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February 24, 2022

Ukraine shuts airspace to civilian flights

The country's airspace was closed to civilian flights from 00:45 GMT today.

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Ukraine has shut its airspace to civilian flights citing high risk to flight safety following Russia’s military operation.

The country’s airspace was closed to civilian flights from 00:45 GMT today, stated Ukraine State Air Traffic Services Enterprise on its website.

The country’s neighbours Moldova had announced that it was shutting its airspace while Belarus has only partially closed its airspace, reported the BBC.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a safety warning against flying close to Ukraine’s borders, as well as in Russia.

The regulator stated: “There is a risk of both intentional targeting and misidentification of civil aircraft. The presence and possible use of a wide range of ground and airborne warfare systems pose a high risk for civil flights operating at all altitudes and flight levels.”

The agency also added that there lies a risk of both “intentional targeting and misidentification of civil aircraft.”

“The presence and possible use of a wide range of ground and airborne warfare systems pose a high risk for civil flights operating at all altitudes and flight levels.”

The aviation industry has been cautious of operating in conflict zones given that a missile had shot down Malaysian Airlines aeroplane MH17 in eastern Ukraine’s airspace, which led to the death of all 298 people on board. The aeroplane was flying to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

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