The European Union has imposed new sanctions against the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his son Alexander “in response to the ongoing unjustified and unprovoked Russian military aggression against Ukraine“. Relevant legal acts are published in the Official Journal of the EU on Thursday, August 4th.

The EU Council added Yanukovych and his son to the list of persons, organizations and bodies against which restrictive measures are applied, for “their role in undermining or posing a threat to the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, the stability and security of the state, and also in the case of Alexander Viktorovich Yanukovych – for conducting deals with separatist groups in Donbass“, the statement said.

Alexander Yanukovych (archive photo)

Alexander Yanukovych (archive photo)

“Pro-Russian” faces

The document notes that Viktor Yanukovych, being the President of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014, pursued a “pro-Russian policy”, and after removal from power moved to Russia, from where he “continued activities aimed at destabilizing Ukraine.” Alexander Yanukovych, according to the EU, conducts commercial activities in the territory of Donbass not controlled by Kyiv, in particular, in the energy, coal, construction, banking and real estate sectors and has “close ties with pro-Russian separatists.”

Earlier, Yanukovych and his son were included in EU sanctions lists in connection with allegations of misappropriation and embezzlement of public funds of Ukraine.

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