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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday extended the ban earlier enforced on a number of Russian social networks and sites in Ukraine.

The corresponding decree has enacted the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of May 14, 2020 "On the application, cancellation, and amendment of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions)."

The restriction implementation will be overseen by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov.

The decree comes into force from the date of its publication.

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The ban applies to social networks Odnoklassniki and VKontakte, Mail.ru  and Yandex services.

As reported by UNIAN, on May 13, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a decision to support the continued blocking of Russian social networks and sites.

UNIAN memo. The ban was initially introduced in 2017 in a bid to counter Russia's hybrid information warfare, including propaganda, manipulation of public opinion, and disinformation, as well as cyber threats coming from Russian intelligence.