President Zelenskyy put into effect the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) decision on sanctions against a number of citizens, including MP Andriy Derkach and head of Donbas militants Denis Pushilin, as well as legal entities, including some Russian media. The corresponding decrees are published on the president's website.
Zelensky also introduced sanctions against:
A number of personal economic and other restrictive measures will be applied to them. The sanctions include blocking assets, restrictions on trading operations. In addition, these citizens will not be able to withdraw capital outside our country.
The restrictions also affected some companies associated with the Russian media.
As reported before, National Security and Defense Council also imposed sanctions against Anatoliy and Olha Shariy.
Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories has prepared another package of sanctions against citizens who persecute the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in occupied Crimea.
In May 2020, Derkach published a few audio records of the talk of then ex-president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Head of the U.S. State Department John Kerry. They discussed, particularly, the resignation of Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin.
In August 2020, U.S. counterintelligence chief William Evanina identified Derkach as a key participant in Russian efforts to harm Joe Biden's candidacy in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. United States intelligence community analysis released in March 2021 found that Derkach was among proxies of Russian intelligence who promoted and laundered misleading or unsubstantiated narratives about Biden "to US media organizations, US officials, and prominent US individuals, including some close to former President Trump and his administration." Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani met with Derkach in December 2019.