Russia Begins Seizing Foreign-Owned Planes amid Crippling Sanctions
utin signed a law that says Russian carriers can register plans leased from foreign firms
Russia has started to seize foreign-owned commercial planes in the face of crippling sanctions from the West over its invasion of Ukraine.
On Monday, President Vladimir Putin signed a law that says Russian carriers can register planes leased from foreign firms.
The aircraft will be issued certificates that make them airworthy.
As CNN reported:
Hundreds of planes will be seized and the measure will help Russia maintain domestic routes while making it difficult for foreign leasing companies to reclaim their jets while they are on Russian soil.
Sanctions, imposed by the United States and Europe, ordered companies to repossess planes they leased to Russia by the end of the month.
About 85% of foreign-made planes in Russia are owned by leasing companies, so losing them would be a big blow to Russia’s industry, according to CNN.
Foreign companies have cut off Russia from spare parts that are needed to maintain the fleets, making it unclear whether the planes can maintain their airworthiness.
The news comes after Putin called for a “self-purification” to rid his country of anyone who is questioning his strategy of invading Ukraine.
As Neon Nettle reported:
Ukraine’s foreign ministry blasted Russia’s bombardment of a theater, which had become a makeshift shelter as combat tore across the port city over the past three weeks and made thousands homeless.
The pavement in front of and behind the once-elegant theatre was marked with huge white letters spelling out “CHILDREN” in Russian, according to images released by the Maxar space technology company.
“My heart breaks from what Russia is doing to our people,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday night.
But the Russian defence ministry denied bombing the theater or anywhere else in Mariupol.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has predicted that his nation will defeat Vladimir Putin’s invading Russian forces.
In an address early Tuesday, Zelensky offered Russian soldiers a “chance to survive” in Ukraine by surrendering.
“The 19th day of our resistance is over,” Zelensky began, according to his presidential office.
“Another difficult day, which is still approaching our victory,” he added.
“Approaching peace for Ukraine.”