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Ukraine extends sanctions against Russia — security council

May 02, 20:16 UTC+3

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council synchronized sanctions with the ones imposed by the US Treasury on April 6 and extended recent years’ own restrictions

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KIEV, May 2. /TASS/. Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council added more people and legal entities on Wednesday to its sanctions list imposed on Russia.

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council synchronized sanctions with the ones imposed by the US Treasury on April 6 and extended recent years’ own restrictions.

Besides, sanctions target individuals "involved in informational and cyber aggression" against Ukraine, "in illegal activities against Ukrainian citizens who are unlawfully held in Russia," as well as members of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) and Federation Council (upper house).

"The sanctions against individuals and legal entities are extended for a period of three years or an indefinite period, following a motion of Ukraine’s cabinet, Ukraine’s Security Service and Ukraine’s National Bank," says a press release of the Ukrainian Council for National Security and Defense.

The list of individuals and legal entities subject to the restrictive measures has not yet been published.

Before the Council’s meeting, President Pyotr Poroshenko said that Ukraine would coordinate new sanctions with the US Treasury list, which are linked to "the use of chemical weapons in the middle of Europe - in the United Kingdom - as well as to Russia’s illegal presidential election held in the territory of occupied Crimea."

On April 6, the US authorities announced the imposition of sanctions against a number of Russian officials, businessmen and companies. The Russian businessmen who were put on the new US restrictions list include Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, VTB head Andrei Kostin, owner of Renova Viktor Vekselberg, Surgutneftegaz CEO Vladimir Bogdanov, Sibur board member Kirill Shamalov, and businessmen Igor Rotenberg, Oleg Deripaska and Suleiman Kerimov.

Among the companies slapped with the latest sanctions are several enterprises belonging to Oleg Deripaska. Among them are Agro-Holding Kuban, EuroSibEnergo, Russian Machines, GAZ Group, B-Finance, Basic Element, En+.

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