Crimea airport at centre of Ukraine and Russia standoff is owned by ousted president’s son

There’s a Russian saying: “Live like a wolf, howl like a wolf.”

The airport at the centre of a tense standoff between Ukraine and Russia is owned by the son of ousted Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych, the Mirror can reveal.

Armed militia arrived at Simferopol Airport, in the Crimean region of Ukraine, in trucks overnight and began patrolling, some carrying Russian naval flags.

The company that owns the airport, Mizhnarodnyy Aeroport Simferol PAT, was bought by Oleksandr Yanukovych in April last year, according to mergers and acquisitions monitors Zephyr.

No purchase price was available but a report by Zephyr noted that 100% of the shares in the firm were acquired by Mr Yanukovych.

Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov has accused Russian naval forces of mounting an “armed invasion” of both Simferopol Airport and the nearby Sevastopol military airport.

(Thanks, Elmer)