Kyiv is silent about another version, which is not associated with a technical malfunction. This is shooting down by an air defence system. In the current reality, only the US could do it.
Regular flights will be launched between Crimea and Armenia from March of this year. The air route between Simferopol and Yerevan will be the first regular international flight service after the reunification of Crimea with Russia. The opening of the regular flights will be a good example for China and Turkey and other countries and airlines. This will also mark the beginning of the first international flights from Crimea. As a result, the international status of Simferopol Airport will be strengthened.
// Regular flights are to be launched between Crimea and Armenia from March of this year. Ikar airlines has already received the relevant permissions and approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency for the scheduled flights.
Armenia’s Civil Aviation Committee informs that no such discussions were held with the aforementioned airline, no application was submitted.
The same information has also appeared in December 2019, but it was refuted by the Civil Aviation Committee of Armenia. Armenia’s Civil Aviation Committee states that no such discussions were held with "Ikar" airways and no application was submitted.
Messages about the launch of regular flights between Armenia and Crimеa periodically appear in the Russian, Crimean and consequently Armenian Media. Crimean authorities first started talking about it in 2014, right after the annexation of Crimea. "Grozny Avia" owned by Ramzan Kadyrov, president of Chechnya, said it was ready to launch direct flights from Yerevan to Simferopol. Armenian aviation authorities denied that information.