Russia closes airspace on borders with Ukraine, Belarus

MOSCOW, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) - Russia has closed its airspace to civilian aircraft starting Thursday on its western borders with Ukraine and Belarus, the Russian aviation authorities announced, shortly after President Vladimir Putin authorized a "special military operation" in the Donbass region.

Ukrainian servicemen eat dinner after their duty at the frontline near Svitlodarsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. (Photo: AP)