The European Union lifted part of the sanctions against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his son Alexander. This is stated in a document published in “Official Journal of the EU».
It is noted that the former Ukrainian leader and his son are excluded from the list of restrictive measures “for embezzlement of public funds of Ukraine or abuse of office.” At the same time, sanctions against them remain under another regime of EU measures.
The document also states that the names of the ex-Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Pshonka and his son Artem have been deleted from the list of sanctions.
“Based on the Board’s review [ЕС] records of four individuals against whom <…> restrictive measures expire on September 6, 2022 should be excluded from <…> [документа] 208/2014,” the document says.
The introduction of new sanctions against Viktor Yanukovych and his son became known on August 4. It was noted that the European Council added their names to the list of persons against whom restrictive measures are applied.
Prior to that, on March 4, the EU announced the extension of the sanctions against Yanukovych and three other defendants in the case, who are accused in the EU of “wasting Ukraine’s public funds or abuse of office.” It was reported that the measures are valid until September 6.
Sanctions against ex-officials have been in effect since March 5, 2014 and are renewed every year with adjustments. Restrictive measures also include a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze on the list.
As a result of the coup d’état in February 2014, Yanukovych fled the country out of fear for his life. After him, Petro Poroshenko became the President of Ukraine.