Former Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan has suggested how to implement Ukrainian sanctions against Russia, which occupied Crimea, sends airplanes to Crimea avoiding other countries of the world.
“Russian aircraft should be deprived of the right to operate, be repaired and overhauled by manufacturers. This applies to Boeing and Airbus, whose products are primarily used by Russian airlines. I hope that we will be able to secure American-European support,” said the ex-minister.
In his opinion, it should be clearly indicated that Ukraine not only records violations but also wants to bring Russian airlines to justice through international legal mechanisms.
“These are quite simple steps aimed to put their fleet on hold. When I was the Minister of Transport, we did such work that made the largest Russian airlines stop flying to Crimea. They had to register fictitious companies and use their own aircraft,” Omelyan said.
In September, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol reported that 65 Russian planes had been arrested for flights to Crimea. Then the press service of the Prosecutor's Office clarified through Krym.Realii web-site that "the concept of arrest in absentia for property does not exist but the planes have not been seized in fact."
Following, is incomplete list of airlines whose planes were under arrest: Rossiya Airlines JSC, Globus LLC, Ural Airlines JSC, Aeroflot - Russian Airlines JSC, Red Wings JSC, Rusline Aviation Company JSC ”, LLC“ Jet Express ”, LLC“ North Wind ”, JSC“ Yakutia Airlines ”, LLC“ Gazprom-avia”.
After the occupation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014, the European organization for the Safety of Air Navigation banned flights to Crimea, in particular to Simferopol and Sevastopol airports.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has officially confirmed that the airspace over Crimea belongs to Ukraine and stated that only UkSATSE should exercise control and security in this area.