Germany suspends flights to Russia for a week

Germany suspends flights to Russia for a week
Germany suspends flights to Russia for a week


German airline Lufthansa said on Saturday it would cancel all flights to Russia and stop using Russian airspace over the next week, citing what it called an emerging regulatory situation .


A spokesman for the company said The flights that are in Russian airspace will leave again soon. 


He added that the company is in close contact with national and international authorities and will continue to monitor the situation closely.


The Russian-Ukrainian conflict took a new turning point on February 21, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics of Ukraine, in an escalatory move that drew great anger from Kiev and its European allies.


The presidents of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Baschnik, had earlier appealed to Putin to recognize the independence of the two republics.


Pasnik said that there is information about Kiev's readiness for a large-scale attack on the Donbass, and stressed that the republic was able to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe only thanks to Russia.


While Pushilin stressed, the residents of Donbass feel the Russian spirit, and their main goal is integration with Russia.


In the wake of this, the Russian forces began, at dawn on Thursday, February 24, to launch a military operation in eastern Ukraine, which opened the door to the possibility of the outbreak of a  third world war which would be the first in the twenty-first century.


The European Union said that the world has been living in a  blacker atmosphere  since World War II, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed that the European Union intends to impose a package of sanctions on Russia, which will be the toughest ever.



On the scene of the events, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Ukrainian air defense system and its bases had been destroyed and the infrastructure of the Air Force was out of service.


On the other hand, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced the imposition of martial law across the country.


In a speech to the Ukrainian people, Zelensky said that Russian forces had launched strikes on military infrastructure facilities and border guards.


The Ukrainian president indicated that in light of these developments, he made contact with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, stressing that the United States has begun preparing its response to the Russian military action, Zelensky said.


Before the situation developed at an accelerated pace, the situation was raging in the Donbass region, southeast of Ukraine, after the Ukrainian authorities and the unilaterally declared Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics exchanged accusations of violating the Minsk agreements and violating the ceasefire regime.


For some time now, the Kiev authorities have been pushing additional forces and heavy military equipment to the line of contact separating their armed forces from the forces of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics, which raises the tension in the Donbas region, southeast of Ukraine.


The situation in Donbass has deteriorated over the past days, and the unilaterally declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk reported that they were subjected to intense bombardment by Ukrainian forces, while Kiev denied these allegations, and the officer responsible for communicating with the media told the British  Reuters  agency Despite the fact that The fact that our positions came under fire with prohibited weapons, including 122 mm artillery, Ukrainian forces did not open fire in response.


However, at the same time, the Ukrainian president pledged that his country would  defend itself  against any  Russian invasion  he said.


Before starting a military operation against Ukraine, Russia had always rejected the West's accusations of preparing for an  invasion  of Ukraine, and said that it was not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict.


However, this was not convincing for Western circles, which were basing their accusations of Moscow of preparing for the invasion of Ukraine, on Russia's deployment of about 100,000 Russian soldiers a few weeks ago on its borders with Ukraine, a country close to the West, saying that this invasion could take place in any time.


But Russia says it only wants to ensure its security, while Washington is sending military reinforcements to Eastern Europe and Ukraine as well.


For its part, Moscow accused the West at the time of using these accusations as a pretext to increase the military presence of NATO near its borders, at a time when Russia insists on rejecting the issue of NATO expansion, or Ukraine joining the alliance, while Kiev is eager to join the NATO banner.


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