Vladimir Putin has ordered a “full scale invasion” in Ukraine with air strikes and artillery hitting the capital Kyiv and also Kharkiv.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), which links Gatwick Airport with the capital Kyiv, has suspended all flights to and from Ukraine.
The airline said, “The UIA team takes all possible measures to ensure the safety of our passengers.”
Ryanair has suspended flights to Ukraine for at least the next two weeks as Ukrainian airspace has closed due to Russia invading the country.
Ryanair said, “Due to the closure of Ukrainian airspace overnight, and the apparent invasion by Russian forces all Ryanair flights to/from Ukraine have been suspended for at least the next 14 days.
“All affected passengers will receive email notices later this morning and all flights to/from Ukraine have been removed from sale for at least next 4 weeks until further information becomes available from EU safety agencies.
“Ryanair remains committed to our services to/from Ukraine and we look forward to restoring flight services there as soon as it is safe to do so.
“We sincerely regret and apologise for these unprecedented disruptions and any inconvenience that they will inevitably cause to our Ukrainian customers.”