Ryanair has announced its first flights from Ukraine to the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden.

From this October the low-cost carrier will launch five times weekly services from Kiev to Stansted, thrice-weekly flights to Manchester and Eindhoven, and four times weekly flights to Stockholm Skavsta.

The services from the Ukraine capital represent the airline’s 34th country of operation.

Ryanair also says it will launch flights from Lviv in western Ukraine to Stansted, Budapest, Krakow, Wroclaw, Eindhoven, Berlin Schonefeld, Memmingen.

Commenting on the move Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, Volodymyr Omelyan, said:

“The arrival of Ryanair in Ukraine is without exaggeration, a remarkable event for Ukraine. Negotiations lasted for several years, and I am proud that our team was able to successfully hold them. Today we officially declare – Ryanair is in Ukraine.

“I am convinced that Ryanair will be another bridge that connects the infrastructure of Ukraine with Europe and it will be a good signal for the world’s major investors.”

British Airways currently offers flights from London Heathrow to Kiev’s Boryspil International Airport, while Ukraine International Airlines flies from Gatwick, and Wizzair operates flights between Luton and Kiev’s Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport.