EU extended sanctions against Yanukovych and his entourage

Фото - Виктор Янукович

Restrictive measures were introduced in connection with the undermining of the territorial integrity of Ukraine

The ambassadors of the European Union decided to extend the sanctions against 177 individuals and 48 legal entities for six months due to the undermining of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. About this, with reference to the publication of journalist Ricard Jozwiak in the Twitter microblog, the PI portal reports on Wednesday, March 3.

In a separate decision, Brussels extended sanctions against fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych and seven of his closest associates for embezzling public funds. At the same time, the former acting president was excluded from the restrictive list. Prime Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Arbuzov and ex-head of the Ministry of Education Dmitry Tabachnik.

The sanctions include the denial of visas and the freezing of the assets of these individuals.

Restrictive measures were first introduced in March 2014 after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation and the Kremlin’s support for militants in eastern Ukraine. Since then, the sanctions have been regularly extended for six months. Some people challenged the EU’s decision in court, and some even won. In recent years, sanctions against Yanukovych’s entourage have been gradually reduced.

Earlier, the information and analytical portal PI reported that the State Bureau of Investigation reported suspicion of high treason to Viktor Yanukovych because of the “Kharkov agreements”.