Canada to Deliver Confiscated Russian Aircraft to Ukraine

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Canada to Deliver Confiscated Russian Aircraft to Ukraine
Volca-Dneper Airlines' Antonov An-124 RA-82078 transport Aircraft
Canada has decided to donate to Ukraine an Antonov An-124 RA-82078 transport plane that belonged to a Russian company.

Canada has decided to follow a “Robin Hood” policy about a transport aircraft owned by Russian Volga-Dnepr Airlines. The plane had been stuck at Toronto Pearson International Airport for more than a year after it shipped COVID-19 test kits from China. The aircraft landed in Canada on February 27, 2022, three days after Russia started a military operation in Ukraine. Following the operation, Canada closed its airspace to Russian-owned aircraft, chartered aircraft, or aircraft operated by Russia on the same day. 

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal last week visited Toronto to negotiate the new aid package with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Media reported that the seizure of the An-124 aircraft was part of Canada’s new sanctions against Russia.

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