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Royal Dutch Airline KLM has cancelled all flights between the Netherlands and Ukraine after the Dutch government elevated Travel Advisory warning from orange to Red. This was announced on 12/Feb/2022.

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Royal Dutch Airlines KLM cancels all flights between the Netherlands and Ukraine following the government’s decision to label Ukraine as too dangerous for travel, KLM announced on Saturday (12/Feb/2022) an immediate ceasing of all flights between the Netherlands and Ukraine. The Ukrainian airspace remains open, but Dutch flights will no longer fly over the country until further notice.

The Dutch government statement says Ukraine is too dangerous for travel

In a government statement published on Saturday, Dutch Foreign Minister, Wopke Hoekstra advised “all Dutch people to leave Ukraine,” explaining that the situation has “deteriorated further and further in recent days”. Travel Advisory level had been put on red, meaning it is too dangerous for travel. The majority of Dutch diplomats and embassy personnel are also expected to evacuate from the country as soon as possible.

Hoekstra and KLM have emphasised that, while the local embassy will help where possible, it is “the responsibility of the Dutch themselves to leave.” This announcement came following the US, UK and other few western allies issuing similar notices.

There is no clue about the KLM resuming consideration timeline and the decision seems to continue until further notice. KLM was running two flights between Schiphol Airport and Kyiv the Ukraine Capital every day. 

Moscow claims that there is no risk of invasion

Kremlin, Moscow / Image Credit: Pexels

Washington has claimed that “the latest intelligence” indicates a soon Russian invasion of Ukraine than expected. But the Moscow claims that the fear of a Russian invasion is a Western “propaganda campaign.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, has called for international support: “We are prepared for the worst in Ukraine, the world must help us now,” Klitschko told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. “We are just the beginning,” he warned.

While many western allies issue warnings, local officials have encouraged all Ukrainian residents and nationals to remain calm. “Panic is now the worst enemy,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said. 

Source: I’mExpat

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