U.S. Warns Airlines on Flights Near Ukraine-Russian Border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
In April 9 file photo, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits the war-hit Donbas region, eastern Ukraine. Zelenskyy has requested to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the troop buildup in the Russian-Ukrainian border and the rising tensions in eastern Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday urged airlines to exercise “extreme caution” when flying near the Ukraine-Russian border, citing potential flight safety risks.

In a notice to U.S. carriers on Saturday, the U.S. agency noted “escalating regional tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which could potentially result in no-notice cross-border skirmishes, increased military activities and/or conflict.”

Since 2014, the FAA has prohibited U.S. civil aviation operations in regions around the Ukraine-Russian border.