Ukraine slaps sanctions on hundreds of Russian citizens
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed decree No. 82/2019 to enact a decision passed by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine on March 19 on personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against Russian citizens and legal entities.
The sanctions were imposed on 294 legal entities and 848 individuals, the NSDC press service said.
The sanctions list includes individuals and legal entities involved in the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, as well as in an attack on three Ukrainian naval boats and the capture of 24 Ukrainian sailors in November 2018, and in preparations and holding of illegal local elections in Russia-occupied Donbas and Crimea.
Subject to the Ukrainian sanctions are also those who have defiantly violated Ukrainian laws on entry/exit into the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine's Crimea; who distribute anti-Ukrainian printed products; who have illegally obtained and used museum collections belonging to Ukraine.
In addition, the sanctions were introduced against leaders of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and members of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine also sanctioned the individuals and legal entities subject to sanctions of the European Union, the United States and Canada.
Also, as proposed by the National Bank of Ukraine, sanctions against four banks with Russian capital were extended.
Meanwhile, restrictive measures against eight legal entities were abolished upon the submission of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine in connection with the achieved goal of imposed sanctions, as most of them ceased economic operations.
Also, the identification data of one physical and two legal entities was updated on the SBU's initiative.
Under Articles 1 and 5 of the Law of Ukraine on Sanctions, sanctions shall be applied to legal entities that are residents of Ukraine only if they are involved in the implementation of terrorist activities.
In this regard, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine instructed the Security Service of Ukraine to complete the verification whether the legal entities listed in Appendix 1 of a parliament resolution dated October 4, 2018, are involved in terrorist activities. Therefore, the issue of applying sanctions initiated by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will be considered after the end of the verification.