Ukraine bans Russian airlines as part of war sanctions

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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. Kiev said last week it was imposing restrictions on more than 90 companies or groups, mostly from Russia, and including airlines Transaero and Aeroflot , the national flag carrier. Ukraine expanded its sanctions against Russian businesses last week and has already started applying the restrictions to Russian railway carrier Freight One. Spelling out the details of the sanctions, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk told a government meeting: “In accordance with a decision by the Security Council, the government of Ukraine is adopting a decision to ban flights by Russian companies, primarily Aeroflot and Transaero, to Ukraine.” Ukraine has accused Russia of sending arms and troops to help pro-Moscow separatists fighting its soldiers in the east of the country, in a conflict which has killed nearly 8,000 people since April 2014.

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. The Ukrainian government statement also forbade Ukrainian state companies from using Russian software, particularly from the Russian anti-virus giant Kaspersky Lab. Ukrainian state organisations were banned from using goods or services produced by sanctioned Russian companies. “The government is insisting on the immediate implementation of all sanctions defined by the decision of the Security Council,” Yatseniuk said. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Additional reporting by Anastasia Lyrchikova in Moscow; Writing By Richard Balmforth and Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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