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Russian attack in Ukraine prompts areas of restricted airspace for civil flights in East Europe

The military invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces has led to several restricted airspaces for civil aviation in Europe. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published a Conflict Zone Information Bulletin on Thursday and then updated it later in the afternoon. It extends the affected airspace to include the Flight Information Region of Chisinau (Moldova) and Minsk (Belarus), according to a post from the European Business Aviation Association. The bulletin recommends that air operators exercise caution when operating in the whole Flight Information Region of Moscow and Rostov due to heightened military activity, which may include launches of mid-range missiles. Reuters and many other media outlets reported on Thursday that Russia has invaded Ukraine by land, air and sea, calling it the largest state-to-state conflict in Europe since World War II. Live reports on CNN showed surface to surface missiles screaming through the sky in Ukraine, as large crowds took shelter in subway stations, as other clogged roads heading west. Here is the original bulletin as posted on the EBAA website: Based on information received by EUROCONTROL and EASA, Air operators are reminded that this is now an active conflict zone. Under these circumstances, the aforementioned airspace and critical infrastructure, including airports, are exposed to military activities which result in safety risks for civil aircraft. In particular, there is a risk of both intentional targeting and misidentification of civil aircraft. The presence and possible use of a wide range of ground and airborne warfare systems poses a high risk for civil flights operating at all altitudes and flight levels. Operators should take this information and any other relevant information, along with any available guidance or directions from competent authorities, as appropriate, into account in their own risk assessments when deciding whether to operate within the aforementioned airspace and landing and departures from airports located in the affected airspace. Additionally, as a precautionary measure, operators should exercise extreme caution and avoid using the airspace within 100NM of the Bielorussian and Russia-Ukraine border. Operators can find additional information under the following NOTAM number: A1081/22 NOTAMN For updates on the situation, please monitor the EUROCONTROL Network Operations Portal.
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