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Ukrainian media note mistakes and inconsistencies in Kiev’s sanction list

September 17, 2015, 13:38 UTC+3 KIEV
The agency notes, the list includes two journalists of the Spanish newspaper El Pais that went missing in Syria, three BBC journalists, however lacks Viktor Yanukovych and former PM Mykola Azarov
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KIEV, September 17. /TASS/. The list of individuals on the Ukrainian sanctions list contains several mistakes and inconsistencies, Ukraine’s Apostroph media agency reported on Thursday.

In particular, the agency notes, the list includes two journalists of the Spanish newspaper El Pais that went missing in Syria, three BBC journalists and Alexander Mozgovoy from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic who was killed. The list also mentions twice Russian presidential advisor Sergey Glazyev but fails to mention former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.

The Apostroph media agency noted that it is surprising that such list of "those guilty of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine" was approved by the country’s leadership after one-and-a-half years of war.

According to journalist Sergey Sidorenko, it looks like Kiev decided to punish missing journalists, a killed militant and a Russian academician — twice, but neglect the former president, prime minister and other former Ukrainian officials.

"This is what you managed after one-and-a-half years of war? Or did no one tell you that you could have just copied the European sanctions? Sometimes I get optimistic, but the presidential administration and National Security and Defense Council can prove punctually and clearly that the authorities have no brain, analysis and understanding of the surrounding environment," Sidorenko wrote on his Facebook page.

Ukraine’s sanctions against companies and officials

On Wednesday, Poroshenko approved Ukraine’s sanction list against 105 companies. Among them are Russian flag carrier Aeroflot and other air carriers Transaero, Ural Airlines, Siberia and Orenburg Airline, Gazpromavia Airline, Gazprombank, Bank of Moscow, antivirus software producer Kaspersky Laboratory and its Ukraine’s subsidiary.

The list includes the Novorossiya civil movement, the Oplot organization, the Prizrak and Somali brigades as well as a number of charity Christian foundations.

Poroshenko also approved the inclusion of 388 people in Ukraine’s sanctions list, including Alexander Brod, director of the Moscow-based human rights bureau and a member of the Council for Civil Society Development and Human Rights operating under the Russian president; Russian president’s adviser, Sergey Glazyev; Russian Children’s Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov and Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Russian Federation Council Committee for International Affairs.

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