National Security and Defense Council imposes sanctions on five Russian, three Ukrainian citizens.

The meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine chaired by President Volodymyr Zelensky took place on February 19.

The parties discussed a number of important issues in the military, energy and state security spheres, as well as the imposition of sanctions on certain individuals and legal entities, the press service of the Head of State informs.

In particular, the National Security and Defense Council imposed sanctions on 8 individuals and 19 legal entities, including companies that own and maintain aircraft.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov added that the sanctions were imposed on companies registered in a number of countries, including Russia and Moldova. He also said that sanctions had been imposed on five Russian and three Ukrainian citizens, including MP Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko.

"Today, the Security Service of Ukraine investigates criminal proceedings under Part 5 of Article 258 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine - financing of terrorism. According to this article, sanctions were imposed on Mrs. Marchenko, all relevant persons listed, as well as Mr. Medvedchuk,” the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council explained.

The President’s Office reminds that on September 2, 2015, the National Security and Defense Council adopted a decision imposing sanctions on certain Russian air carriers. On October 25, 2015, the government completely suspended direct flights between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, and from 00:00, November 26, 2015, a ban on flights in the Ukrainian airspace was introduced for all Russian airlines without exception.

“The planes on which sanctions were imposed had flown in violation of Ukrainian regulations. The decision of the National Security and Defense Council corrected this situation,” the statement reads.

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