BULGARIA, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Hungarian airlines resumed flights to the Crimean Peninsula on Tuesday.
The European Union said the flights were the first to pass through the region since the conflict in the region broke out in 2014.
The EU called on Ukraine to halt the Russian military buildup in the Black Sea.
The Ukrainian government says the Russians are only using the territory for military purposes.
The Ukrainian foreign ministry issued a statement saying that flights to and from Crimea were “under way as per the contract signed with the Russian airline.”
The ministry added that the flights are to facilitate the transport of personnel to Crimea and the Ukrainian military, as well as the use of Crimean airports.