The Ambassadors of the EU plan to exclude the former prime minister of Yanukovych’s time, Serhiy Arbuzov, and ex-education minister Dmytro Tabachnyk from the sanctions list, as Radio Liberty journalist Rikard Jozwiak reported on Twitter.
“EU ambassadors will next week remove former PM of Ukraine Arbuzov and the ex education minister Tabachnyk. Only 8 people remain on the list now, including Yanukovych and his son. If you wonder why the EU doesn't go after oligarchs in Russia due to Navalny, just look at this dwindling list,” Jozwiak wrote.
the EU may lift the sanctions on Yanukovych's son, Oleksandr, and possible a few others like the former PM of #Ukraine Arbuzov + Klymenko & Tabachnyk. lack of evidence provided by Kyiv to keep them listed is forcing the EU's hand here.— Rikard Jozwiak (@RikardJozwiak) February 10, 2021
In July 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union annulled the sanctions against ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage. The sanctions were lifted from his son Oleksandr Yanukovych, ex-Minister of Revenues and Duties Oleksandr Klymenko, ex-Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka, his son Artem Pshonka, ex-Head of National Bank of Ukraine Serhiy Arbuzov, ex-Head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Klyuyev.
The decision concern sanctions, which were extended by the Council of the EU in 2016-2018.
Meanwhile, in March 2020, the Council of the European Union officially extended the sanctions against former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his allies.