Ukraine Expands Sanctions Against Russia With Ban on Flights

Ukraine banned flights of Aeroflot, Transaero and other Russian airlines to destinations in the country from October 25 as part of new sanctions against the neighbor that the government accuses of aiding separatists.

Transit flights will still be allowed as long as they carry no military supplies or troops, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in a statement on the government’s website on Friday. Ukraine expanded its sanctions against Russian businesses last week and has already started applying the restrictions to Russian railway carrier Freight One.

“Russian airplanes, with the Russian tricolor, have no place in Ukrainian airports,” Yatsenyuk said in the statement.

The ban amplifies economic tensions between Ukraine and Russia even as the government in Kiev and insurgents in the eastern regions show increasing efforts to implement a peace accord. Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, which has killed more than 8,000 people and pushed the former Soviet nation to the edge of default.

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