Russia Slaps 322 Ukrainian Individuals And 68 Companies With Sanctions

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Russia Slaps 322 Ukrainian Individuals And 68 Companies With Sanctions

IMAGE: Reuters / Gleb Garanich

On November 1st, Russia announced sanctions on 322 Ukrainian individuals and 68 companies. A large portion of the sanctioned individuals are part of Kiev’s political elite.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved the restrictions against former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the eldest son of current president Petro Poroshenko, as well as several cabinet ministers and the leaders of Ukraine’s security apparatus. Tymoshenko is a current favorite in Ukraine’s 2019 Presidential election. Other sanctioned officials are: Poroshenko’s other son, Oleksiy; Interior Minister Arsen Avakov; Security Service chief Vasyl Hrytsak; Deputy Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze; Arseniy Yatsenyuk; the former leader of the ultranationalist Right Sector group, Dmytro Yarosh.

Among the sanctioned are also several businessmen, including billionaire Victor Pinchuk and Pavel Fuchs, a property developer who once unsuccessfully tried to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The sanctions also targeted several listed companies, including iron ore pellet producer Ferrexpo poultry producer MHP and Ukraine’s biggest sunflower oil exporter Kernel.

These sanctions are a delayed response to the Ukrainian sanctions against Russian officials and businesses, announced by Poroshenko in May. All of the sanctioned individuals’ and businesses’ accounts in Russian banks will be frozen and all their property will be seized, according to a Russian statement.

According to the statement, the goal of the measure is “to counter Ukraine’s unfriendly activities towards Russian citizens and entities, and to normalize bilateral relations.”

“Of course, we hope that sooner or later the political will to normalize relations with Russia will sprout on Ukrainian soil. For now we don’t see that,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited.

These sanctions come 10 days after President Vladimir Putin signed a decree setting the stage for “special economic measures” against Ukraine, instructing the government to draft a list of Ukrainian firms and individuals to be targeted for economic sanctions.

On October 23, Medvedev said Moscow was preparing sanctions that will also ban imports to Russia of some Ukrainian products.

On May 24th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced sanctions against Russian officials and businesses. They included more than 400 companies and 1000 individuals. The set of sanctions targeted persons doing business in the Crimea and supplying weapons to Russia, similar to US sanctions.

Earlier, in March 2017, Ukraine imposed sanctions on five Russian-owned banks operating in the country after the Russian government forced their parent groups operating on the Russian market to accept clients using passports from the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk republics. Sberbank, VTB, BM Bank, Prominvestbank and VS Bank were blocked from transferring funds to their subsidiary or parent companies outside of Ukraine for the next year.

Even earlier than that on September 16th, 2015, Ukraine imposed sanctions on businesses and individuals “in connection with Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea.” For a period of one year. The sanctions were imposed on individuals and companies from various countries and sectors.

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  • Lena Jones

    I definitely would like to see 322 Ukranian zionazis lined up for a slap up.

    • Jens Holm

      Germans killed all Ukrainian jews, so You wish cant be fullfilled.

      • Lena Jones

        Jews are trying to kill all gentiles, but their genocidal psychotic wish will never come true.

        • Jens Holm

          If You live in Denmark, You hardly know any jews. They are 6-7.000 and has killed none for years.

          But some of them are killed by muslims.

          The few jews I have known here all are fine danes and I do prefare them for unintegrated muslims, which we every years also give 33 billiarder and evn that, we are blamed and some even cant shake hands telling fx me, that I am the dirty one.

          • Lena Jones

            Whining again…

          • lene johansen

            Jens Holm is a dumb dane – a rotten one.

          • Lena Jones

            Wow we have really similar names :-)

      • Lena Jones

        Also, it’s a lie that “Germans killed all Ukranian jews”. But then again, lying to gentiles is the norm for jews.

      • Bob

        During 1990’s over 250,000 Ukrainian Jews mass migrated to Israel from Ukraine – how would that be possible if as you claim ‘all Ukraine Jews’ were killed under Nazi occupation of Ukraine from 1941-4? This migration is ongoing in smaller volumes. Facts matter.

        https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-and-ukraine-provided-israel-with-majority-of-immigrants-in-2017/

        https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/War-in-Donbass-continues-to-drive-Ukrainians-to-Israel-485453

        https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/113205/ifcj-400-ukrainian-jews-israel/

        • Jens Holm

          Those were russian jews. After WW2 and Stalin, USSR regained the industrial zones and more and better, then they ever were.

          So those jews are/were emmigrants just as the other russian emmigrants to good new jobs.

          Toy can compare it with Israel. Hardly none of the first in the Brittish time and incl. just after WW2 were earlier deported from there. They were family to emmingrants from there.

          You also can compare with Köningsberg(Kaliningrad). None from there was alive. It was empty, so Russia resetled with russians and almost all old already was destroyed. Thats accepted by the world evn some poles, lituanians, jews and germans dont like it.

  • beypuutyina

    yankee method :)

  • Jonathan Cohen

    According to wikipedia, Ukraine has a far better GINI, wealth distribution index than Russia, while both defend abortion rights, so both should make peace, so that Russia and Nato can both focus on defending abortion rights farther south. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_income_equality