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 EU ministers support sanctions against Yanukovych and 14 others, - media

The decision was made on Friday, March 3, at a meeting.

Censor.NET reports citing Rikard Jozwiak, RFE/RL Brussels correspondent, on Twitter.
The day before, EU Ambassadors adopted the same decision, which has been subsequently confirmed by the ministers. The decision stipulates that the sanctions against former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his cronies are extended for another year.

One politician who previously had been sanctioned by the EU, YuriI Ivaniushchenko from Yanukovych's former party, the Party of the Regions, has been removed from the sanctions list that was approved by the EU ambassadors on March 2.

Read more: Ivaniushchenko case not dismissed, investigators and prosecution make no progress, - Supreme Court

Ivaniushchenko recently was cleared of any wrongdoing by Ukraine's high court.

Apart from Yanukovych, the list includes his son Oleksandr Yanukovych, former Prime Ministers Mykola Azarov and Serhii Arbuzov, and the head of Yanukovych's administration, Andrii Kliuiev.

Ukraine's former Prosecutor-General Viktor Pshonka, former Justice Minister Olena Lukash, and former Interior Minister Vitalii Zakharchenko remain on the EU sanctions list.

The European Court of Justice in 2016 rejected challenges filed against the sanctions by Yanukovych and others on the list.

The court ruled that the reason for imposing sanctions against them was lawful.

Read more: Treason indictment against Yanukovych to be referred to court on March 14, - Matios

On Feb. 28, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko said the Supreme Court of Ukraine had ruled to dismiss all cases initiated against Yurii Ivaniushchenko aka Yura Yenakiyevskiy. This was done just before extension of the attachment on assets of Yanukovych and his cronies imposed by the EU.
   
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