On 16 July 2014, the Russian Federation authorities published two NOTAMs for the
Rostov FIR,72 an area that borders the Dnipropetrovsk area in the eastern part of Ukraine.
These NOTAMs entered into force on 17 July at 00.00. Both NOTAMs refer to the armed
conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine as the reason for their issue: ‘Due to combat actions
on the territory of the Ukraine near the state border with the Russian Federation and the
facts of firing from the territory of the Ukraine towards the territory of the Russian
Federation, to ensure intl flt safety.’
The NOTAMs effectively imposed the same altitude restrictions as the Ukrainian NOTAMs
(FL320) did. However, at the end of NOTAM UUUUV6158/14 it states that it applies to the
airspace from ground level to FL530. In other words, this particular NOTAM mentions
two different altitudes. The aforementioned FL530 that is specified at the end of the
NOTAM is much higher than the Ukrainian airspace restriction.