Lufthansa to suspend flights to Kyiv, Odessa from Monday

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Lufthansa airplanes are seen at the Terminal 1 of the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport 'Willy Brandt' in Schoenefeld near Berlin, Germany October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

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FRANKFURT, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa group (LHAG.DE) is suspending flights to and from the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv and Odessa, a spokesperson said on Saturday amid growing fears of a possible Russian invasion.

The company, which owns Germany's flagship carrier as well as Eurowings, Swiss, Brussels and Austrian Airlines, will conduct some last flights to those cities over the weekend before suspending flights from Monday until the end of the month, the spokesperson said.

It will continue to fly to the city of Lviv in western Ukraine where some countries have moved their embassies, the spokesperson said. Lufthansa is constantly monitoring the situation and will decide on further flights at a later date.

Lufthansa follows several other European airlines which have already canceled services to and from Ukraine.

Germany's foreign ministry earlier on Saturday told its nationals to leave the country. read more

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Reporting by Hans Seidenstuecker in Frankfurt; Writing by Sarah Marsh, Editing by Thomas Escritt

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