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EU slaps former Ukrainian president with sanctions for ‘underminig security’

The EU yesterday announced it was slapping sanctions on former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr for allegedly undermining Ukraine’s security.

Yanukovych was overthrown in 2014 by a popular uprising against the pro-Russian stance his government had taken. Following his ouster, Moscow moved to annex Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and the eastern Donbas region.

The EU argues that the now 72-year-old Russia-based Yanukovych still plays a “role in undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and the state’s stability and security”.

The sanctions document accuses him of plotting to return to power if the Russian invasion succeeds in toppling Zelensky. His son stands accused of “conducting transactions with the separatist groups in the Donbas region”, a reference to Russian proxy forces.

Finland, meanwhile, presented plans on Thursday to limit tourist visas for Russians, who have increasingly flocked to the country to transit to other European nations after flights from Russia were interrupted by EU sanctions.

Finland, along with Sweden, is seeking NATO membership, with the US ratifying the two countries’ accession protocols on Wednesday.


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