The office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced the “arrest” of 65 planes for their flights to Crimea. There is a version spreading on the Internet that these restrictions could be revenge for the Minsk’s surrender of 33 Russian citizens, whom Kyiv wanted to question.
This step [is] another missed chance to get out of the dead-end in which the EU has driven itself in 2014 by linking the future of relations with our country with the situation in Ukraine. EU should abandon the policy of unilateral restrictions that do not comply with the norms and spirit of international law.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about EU sanctions related to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the general situation in Ukraine. Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. In 2014, Russian troops obliged the parliament of Crimea to organise a referendum, which was illegitimate under international law, and then formally annexed the peninsula and brought it under Russian territorial control. A year after the incident, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum. Sanctions were first introduced in June 2014 in response to the attempts to deliberately undermine Ukraine’s territorial integrity and destabilise the country. Other EU measures in place in response to the crisis in Ukraine include economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy and individual restrictive measures. For the EU's statement on the sixth anniversary of Crimea annexation see here. The sanctions were renewed on 10 September 2020 for a further 6 months until 15 March 2021, as Russia has also failed to respect the 2015 Minsk peace deal that it agreed on. Read similar claims such as Crimea’s reunification with Russia was legal, or that historically Crimea was a Russian land, and that Crimea became part of Russia after the events of 2014 in Ukraine.