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 Sanctions against Yanukovych era officials could be lifted as long as there are no criminal charges against them by Kyiv, - WSJ

Scandals among the Ukrainian officials, as well and prosecution's nonfeasance in the corruption fight lead to frustration of some European officials towards Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports citing The Wall Street Journal.

The article titled "Kyiv Struggles to Battle Rampant Corruption" published on Jan. 1 stresses that there "has been little action against those who remained in Ukraine: the European Union banned travel and froze the assets of more than a dozen members of the old regime who stayed, but because Kyiv hasn't brought criminal charges against them, EU officials have said the sanctions could be lifted in the spring," the article reads.

"There is a worry that "within a year all these people will have free access to their assets in the West. After that, nobody would back sanctions again," one Western official said. "Many EU officials are fed up with Ukraine."

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"One key lightning rod has been Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, whose ratings have plummeted to single digits amid allegations in the media and among anticorruption activists of his associates' corrupt dealings. Mr. Yatsenyuk has denied any involvement in corruption and his associates, one of whom resigned from parliament over the controversy this month, deny wrongdoing," the article reads.

"Blame for the failing reform effort could also threaten Mr. Poroshenko. He has come under particular fire for his appointment of Mr. Shokin.

"The prosecutor general is the last defense point for those with vested interests (in Ukraine)," one Western official told The Wall Street Journal.

"Even as Western diplomats have taken tough public stances on corruption, members of the new government have sometimes dug in, according to one official in Ukraine's presidential administration.

"After Mr. Pyatt's criticism of the prosecutor's office, members of the administration were offended, the official said.

"They said, 'How can he say this?,' " the official said. "We are not some banana republic where you can say whatever you want," the article in WSJ reads.

 
 
 
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