Ukraine closes its airspace for Belarusian planes on May 29

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ban takes effect from 00:00 on May 29
14:10, 28 May 2021

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Ukraine will close its airspace for Belarusian planes on May 29. RBC-Ukraine reported this, citing government sources.

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"The Cabinet of Ministers approved a ban on Belarusian aircraft using the airspace of Ukraine at an extraordinary meeting on Friday. The ban takes effect from 00:00 on May 29," a statement says.

The Cabinet of Ministers gave a corresponding protocol order to the Ministry of Infrastructure and UkSATSE.

This means that Belarusian planes will not only not be able to land at Ukrainian airports, but also fly over Ukraine in transit.

But there has no official confirmation of this information yet.

Related: Ukraine warns of increased inflow of citizens across land border with Belarus

Earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal reported that Ukraine will cease the air traffic with Belarus at midnight, on May 26.

As it was reported, on May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course, and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.

The EU stated that the plane of Ryanair Company was forced to land at Minsk Airport due to the actions of the Belarusian military aircraft. CEO of Ryanair Michael O'Leary stated that the forcible landing of Athens-Vilnius flight in Belarus was highjacking backed by the state.

Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane.

The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.

Related: EASA recommends not to use air space of Belarus

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