Ukraine fines Russian airlines for over $193 million

Ukraine fines Russian airlines for over $193 million
The State Aviation Service of Ukraine since 2015 imposed over 193 million dollars of fines on more than 40 Russian airlines that flew to the annexed Crimea. This was stated by the State Aviation Service of Ukraine in the commentary to Unian agency.
"Companies-violators are subject to financial sanctions for violations in the field of civil aviation regarding breaching the rules and procedures of use of Ukraine's airspace in the form of fines for each violation in the amount of 5,273 dollars," the State Aviation Service said.
It is noted that the fines are imposed in accordance with the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of September 2, 2015. The department added that several thousand fines have already been imposed and for their extraction the State Aviation Service applies to Ukrainian courts. The consideration of the claims will further allow appeals to international courts.
Among the violators are Aeroflot, Ural Airlines, Saratov Airlines, UTair, Nordavia, Globus, Red Wings, Yamal, Siberia and others.

After the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014, the State Aviation Service of Ukraine decided to ban all flights over the Crimean peninsula. Later, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) officially confirmed the control of Ukrainian aviation authorities over the Crimean airspace.
As it was reported earlier Ukraine has issued more 5 thousand orders for violating its ban for carrying out flights to the annexed Crimea. The Russian airline companies were fined for more than 28 million dollars. It was reported on Octoer 27, 2016. More than 1 thousand criminal cases against Russian Aeroflot were initiated. The carrier performed daily flights from Sochi to Simferopol.
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