Ukraine prepares sanctions against 172 citizens of Russia and other states - Yatsenyuk

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced that his government has proposed imposing sanctions on 172 citizens of Russia and other countries.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced that his government has proposed imposing sanctions on 172 citizens of Russia and other countries.

"The Cabinet of Ministers will submit a list of 172 citizens of Russia, and of other states who have been financing terrorism, supported the annexation of Crimea and encroached on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, to the NSDC [National Security and Defense Council]" he said at a press briefing in Kiev on Friday.

"This list has already been drafted and justified. It could be made public if NSDC makes such a decision," the prime minister said, declining to name any individuals on this list.

As a rule, most countries do not publish their sanctions lists, he added.

"But we will adopt this decision after a procedure for introducing sanctions is confirmed," Yatsenyuk said.

"Under the law, a decision concerning the introduction of sanctions will be made by the National Security and Defense Council on suggestions from the government and the president of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine and the National Bank of Ukraine," he said.

The Verkhovna Rada is expected to vote on a sanctions bill on August 12, he added.

The sanctions bill says that "all decisions concerning the introduction, cancellation and changes of sanctions are adopted by the National Security and Defense Council and are enacted by presidential decree."

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