On Wednesday, April 3, Ukrainian authorities decided to impose a ban on direct charter flights between Ukraine and Russia, with the exception of those flights that are necessary to support the activities of the UN, OSCE and Red Cross missions. The idea to introduce such was proposed by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov.
According to him, Kyiv made this decision after Ukrainian politicians Yuriy Boyko and Viktor Medvedchuk took advantage of the “loophole” to fly to Moscow since the earlier ban did not concern chsrter flights providing that the aircraft was not registered in Russia.
On March 22, the leader of the Ukrainian political platform “Opposition Platform For Life”, Yuriy Boyko, and the leader of Ukrainian political organization “Ukrainian Choice”, Victor Medvedchuk, met with Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, in Moscow. After their visit, the officials of the Ukrainian State Service and aviation authorities began investigation into alleged abuse of power.