"It's the first time when sanctions are imposed on quite popular Russian-language Internet segment in Ukraine. The ban was imposed on services of Yandex, Yandex.Ukraine, Mail.ru along with VKontakte and Odnoklassniki social media. Kaspersky Lab and Doctor Web antivirus software developers have also been designated, which is especially strange given the recent global cyberattacks. Besides, a number of Russian media were also included to the expanded lists," Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the ministry.
"Slapdash attitude to all international norms of law and morality, to commitments to protect human rights and freedoms has become common for the Ukrainian authorities.
"Fearful of slightest signs of dissenting view in the country, the Kyiv regime moves with seven-league steps toward building an authoritarian state in which freedom of speech and unhindered access to information are subject to stringent restrictions," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"All this is hardly in accordance with the principles common for Europe and the world, with the understanding of the civil society foundations. Or maybe Kyiv has its own interpretation of universal civilizational values? In an effort to formalize the mythical "separation from the Russian Empire," that is, from its own centuries-old history, as President Petro Poroshenko recently pompously announced, Kyiv is obviously willing to make its citizens blind and deaf just to conceal from them the alternative situation in the country and abroad, which differs from that drawn by Ukrainian propagandists," the ministry said.
"It will be interesting to watch the response of our Western partners, who constantly express their concern about the democracy and information security issues, to Kyiv's undisguised and blatant violation of agreed standards of international law and commitments," the Russian ministry stressed.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko enacted the decision by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) on implementing sanctions against social media websites. Internet providers are banned from offering their consumers access to services by "Mail.ru" (www.mail.ru) and socially oriented media VKontakte (www.vk.com) and Odnoklassniki (www.ok.ru). The list also designates services by Kaspersky Lab, Doctor Web and Yandex including Yandex.Money, Yandex.News, Yandex.Photos, and its e-mail service.
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