Sanctions against those who "nationalized" enterprises in Donbas must be expanded, — Poroshenko

President called "nationalization" of Ukrainian enterprises by militants another brutal and dreadful violation of international law and another evidence of Russian occupation of eastern Ukraine
21:15, 1 March 2017

Ukraine will demand that the sanctions against those responsible for "nationalization" of Ukrainian enterprises in Donbas were expanded. This was reported by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during the meeting with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Great Britain Boris Johnson and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Witold Waszczykowski, according to the press service of Ukrainian President.

“Another brutal and dreadful violation of international law took place - Russia de-facto confiscated Ukrainian State and private assets located in the occupied territory. This is another evidence of Russian occupation of eastern Ukraine,” he said.

He added that all these events are taking place while "ruble zone" is being established in the occupied territories and gas and power supply coming from Russia.

“This is an absolutely clear confirmation of the fact of occupation of this territory by Russian troops along with full control over the state border in the uncontrolled area. In this regard, we emphasize that Russia bears full responsibility for ceasefire violation, murder of Ukrainian military and civilians, illegal detention of hostages both in the occupied territory and in Russia,” Poroshenko stressed.

He also called for sanctions’ extension after separatists decided to "nationalize" property located in Donbas.

“To apply sanctions for the violation of international and Ukrainian legislation against those who will enter into the so-called possession of confiscated assets,” he commented.

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