Dmitry Medvedev - Russia Politics Today

Russia imposed financial sanctions on Ukraine’s political elite on Thursday, freezing the Russian assets of hundreds of politicians and officials along with dozens of businesses owned by Ukrainian businessmen.

The sanctions were set out in a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and were described as counter-sanctions drawn up in response to similar Ukrainian measures against Russian citizens and companies.

The decree said 322 individuals and 68 businesses were targeted, including President Petro Poroshenko’s son Olexiy, presidential contender Yulia Tymoshenko, the head of Ukraine’s SBU security service Vasil Hrytsak, interior minister Arsen Avakov, and billionaire tycoon Victor Pinchuk.

You May Also Like:   France Seeks to Be Colonial Master In Africa, Russia Says Not Possible

The sanctions also targeted several listed companies, including iron ore pellet producer Ferrexpo , poultry producer MHP , and Ukraine’s biggest sunflower oil exporter Kernel .

The decree said targeted individuals and firms would have their financial and property assets frozen in Russia and would not be able to repatriate them to Ukraine.

Ties between Moscow and Kiev have steadily deteriorated since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and the outbreak of a pro-Russian separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine.

Kiev has imposed its own financial sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals and companies.

It was not immediately clear how big an impact the Russian sanctions would have on the Ukrainian economy.

Did you find this helpful and informative?

Thank you for visiting Get our hottest stories delivered to your inbox.

Donate now to help us provide more story like this.

* Here are other donation options for you. Please note that your donation is for the Politicoscope Standard News category. For Premium News readers, you can register here today.