The Council of the EU decided to add both Yanukovychs to the existing sanctions list of individuals in response to Russia’s ongoing unjustified and unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine.
The Council of the European Union introduces restrictive measures against former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his son Alexander.
This was announced on the official site European Council.
“The Rada today decided to impose restrictive measures on two additional individuals in response to Russia’s ongoing unjustified and unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine. The Council has added former pro-Russian President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr Viktorovich Yanukovych to the list of individuals, organizations and bodies falling under restrictive measures set out in the Annex to Decision 2014/145/CFSP due to their role in undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and the stability and security of the state,” the message says.
It is noted that in the case of Alexander Yanukovych, sanctions are also introduced for transactions with separatist groups in the Donbas in Ukraine.
The Council of the EU informs that the relevant legal acts have been published in the Official Journal of the EU.
It is noted that the EU is firmly on the side of Ukraine and will continue to provide strong support for the overall economic, military, social and financial stability of the country, including humanitarian assistance.
The Yanukovych case: what is known
As you know, on January 28, 2021, Yanukovych was informed of suspicion of high treason in connection with the signing of the Kharkiv agreements in 2010. According to investigators, by signing the agreements, he artificially created the conditions for increasing Russia’s military presence in Ukraine and undermining the state’s defense capability. On May 23, 2022, the court gave permission for the arrest of Yanukovych in the case of signing the Kharkiv agreements.
Yanukovych fled to Russia in the winter of 2014 during the Revolution of Dignity.
Ex-president of Ukraine Yanukovych is accused of committing treason, complicity with representatives of the Russian authorities, of deliberate actions committed to change the boundaries of the territory and the state border of Ukraine, of violating the procedure established by the Constitution, waging a war of aggression, that is, crimes under Part 1 of Art. . 111, part 5 of Art. 27, part 3 of Art. 110, part 2 of Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On May 19, 2022, the Office of the Prosecutor General reported that the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv had granted permission for the arrest of Yanukovych in the Kharkiv Accords case.