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The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine has introduced sanctions against legal entities and individuals that are engaged in Russian aggression against Ukraine and extended the previously introduced restrictive measures.

The sanctions were on the agenda of a NSDC meeting on Wednesday, May 2, the NSDC press service said.

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"On May 2, 2018, there was a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, which considered the introduction of personal, economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) in respect of legal entities and individuals that are associated with Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as in respect of whom the governments of the United States and the EU countries have taken respective measures," it said.

The sanctions are being introduced at the initiative of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, the National Bank of Ukraine for three years, or indefinitely in respect of individuals and legal entities involved in Russian aggression against Ukraine. The sanctions will also be applicable to those who were engaged in preparing and holding illegal presidential elections in the Russian-occupied Crimea, as well as to members of the Russian occupying administration in Crimea, fighters of the Russian armed formations in the occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Sanctioned are also those who are involved in information and cyber attacks on Ukraine, in illegal actions against Ukrainian citizens who are illegally kept in Russia; as well as members of the Russian State Duma and members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and others.

"The Council also supported proposals as to the withdrawal of Ukrainian representatives in the structures of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to take, in the established manner, measures regarding the termination of certain interstate agreements," the NSDC added.