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 EU ambassadors extend sanctions against Yanukovych and allies for another year, exclude Ivaniushchenko from list, - RFE/RL

Ambassadors of the EU member states ruled on Thursday to extend sanctions against former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his cronies for another year.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by RFE/RL.

European Union ambassadors have decided to prolong asset freezes imposed by Brussels against Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych and 14 of his associates.

The decision on March 2 by the ambassadors sets up a vote by EU ministers who are expected to confirm the one-year extension when they meet in Brussels on March 3.

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.

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

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The EU sanctions were imposed shortly after the collapse of Yanukovych's government in February 2014 against people who, according to the EU, "were responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds or for abuse of office causing a loss to Ukrainian public funds."

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.

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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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