EU to lift sanctions off two Yanukovych allies – journalist

Only eight persons remain on the sanctions list.Photo from UNIAN, Vladyslav MusienkoPhoto from UNIAN, Vladyslav Musienko

Brussels-based RFE/RL journalist Rikard Jozwiak says the European Union will lift sanctions against two more allies of now-disgraced Ukrainian ex-president Viktor Yanukovych.

In particular, the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union (COREPER) next week will lift sanctions against former acting prime minister of Ukraine, first deputy prime minister Serhiy Arbuzov and former education minister Dmytro Tabachnyk.

“Only eight people remain on the list now, including Yanukovych and his son. If you wonder why EU doesn’t go after oligarchs in Russia due to [opposition leader Alexei] Navalny, just look at this dwindling list,” Jozwiak wrote on Twitter on February 23.

If sanctions are lifted, the ban on entry into the EU and the asset freeze will only apply to Yanukovych, former prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka, former interior minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko, former deputy interior minister Viktor Ratushniak, the ex-president’s son Oleksandr Yanukovych, former prosecutor general’s son Artem Pshonka, energy tycoon Serhiy Kurchenko, and former tax minister Oleksandr Klymenko.

Sanctions against Yanukovych’s allies

Former officials have been hit with sanctions for being identified as responsible for the misuse of Ukraine’s public finances or accused of abuse of power, which led to budget losses.

Sanctions expire on March 6, 2021.

(c)UNIAN 2021


  1. In 2 weeks these notorious corrupt Yanu- lovers Serhiy Arbuzov and Dmytro Tabachnyk.can get their stolen millions back. Thank ou, Zelensky! Offer them a job after the next cabinet-reshuffle!

  2. Good job, EU! You have just reiterated the fact that you are a lethargic, useless, pathetic money-wasting entity that is run by idiotic eunuchs. This sends a wonderful positive signal to all the corrupt and pro-Ruskie scum buckets.

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