President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky promulgated the sanctions against four companies and six individuals involved in the development of NotPetya computer virus. The respective decree of the National Security and Defense Council appeared on the website of President of Ukraine.
The document was signed on June 18, 2021.
The NotPetya virus affected lots of computers and networks worldwide; the attack took place on June 27, 2017. The ransomware demanded bitcoins for unblocking the computers. Dozens of critical infrastructure objects were affected by the virus in Ukraine, including Boryspil airport, UkrPoshta, UkrTelecom, as well as a number of ministries and banking systems. In Great Britain, the virus affected dozens of organizations, including mail services, as well as publicity companies, law firms, logistic and financial companies.
Danish Foreign Minister Klaus Hjort Frederiksen blamed Russia for the attack. British Foreign Office and the CIA also accused the Russian government. The Kremlin claimed these accusations null and void.