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  • Anyone guilty of crimes against childhood will be punished: Yuliia Svyrydenko on new sanctions imposed by Presidential Decree
    Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, posted 27 February 2023 10:11

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has enacted a number of decisions of the National Security and Defense Council to impose sanctions against representatives of the aggressor state.

    The relevant sanctions proposals were previously considered and recommended to the NSDC by the Interagency Working Group on the Implementation of the State Sanctions Policy chaired by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yuliia Svyrydenko.

    Thus, sanctions have been imposed against individuals and legal entities involved in the forced transfer, abduction, and deportation of Ukrainian children to the aggressor state, and the transfer of Ukrainian children for adoption to families of russian citizens.

    "I am convinced that the upcoming trial in The Hague, which will sentence representatives of the aggressor country, will pay special attention to crimes against Ukrainian children. 461 children were killed. 927 were injured. About 14,000 were forcibly deported. This is just the officially confirmed and verified information available to Ukrainian law enforcement agencies as of today. Everyone who is guilty of crimes against childhood - regardless of whether they are military or civilian - will be punished," said Yuliia Svyrydenko.

    The sanctions list includes 116 individuals and legal entities. In particular, the heads of the regions to which the forcibly deported citizens of Ukraine and their children are mostly transported: Andrey Tarasenko, head of the government of the Republic of Yakutia (Sakha), Vyacheslav Dukhin, Minister of the government of the moscow region, Vera Shcherbyna, first vice-governor of the primorsky krai, etc. As well as representatives of the so-called "operational headquarters" created in accordance with the order of the governor of rostov region to carry out the forced "evacuation" of Ukrainian citizens to the territory of rostov region. The sanctions were imposed on Larisa Falkovskaya, director of the department of state policy for the protection of children's rights of the ministry of education of the russian federation, and on children's rights ombudsmen in a number of regions of the russian federation directly involved in violating the rights of Ukrainian children. And the so-called "charitable organizations" that are actively involved in organizing the deportation of Ukrainians.

    In addition, the Presidential Decree imposed sanctions against four representatives of the russian federation in the International Olympic Committee - the president of the russian Olympic Committee, member of the International Olympic Committee Vitaly Smirnov; Alexander Popov, swimmer, cavalier and honorary member of the International Olympic Committee; Shamil Tarpishchev, president of the russian tennis federation, "Yeltsin's personal trainer" and IOC member; and Elena Isinbayeva, a track and field athlete, officer of the russian armed forces and IOC member.

    "It is absolutely clear that sport and terrorism are incompatible. That is why President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy initiated a diplomatic marathon aimed at preventing representatives of the terrorist state from participating in the Olympic Games and other international competitions. We have received the support of 35 countries in this matter, and the European Parliament emphasized in its resolution that it had warned the IOC against a decision that would allow the kremlin to use the Olympic Movement for its propaganda.

    By imposing sanctions against russian representatives who promote kremlin narratives in the IOC that fully support the putin regime, we are sending a clear signal that Ukraine is determined to continue the fight to prevent russian athletes from participating in the Olympics and that we will win this fight," said Yuliia Svyrydenko.

    Also, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's decree imposed sanctions against 164 individuals and 85 legal entities associated with the founder of the Wagner PMC, Yevhen Prygozhyn.

    "Together with our partners, we are strengthening and synchronizing sanctions pressure on the aggressor state. Last year, Ukraine imposed sanctions on the founder of the Wagner PMC Yevheny Prigozhin, his relatives, and some of his associates. Recently, the United States and the European Union have imposed additional sanctions on prigozhin and his associates. The chains on which Prigozhin's business empire and arms supply to pmc are based must be broken," said Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy of Ukraine, Chair of the IWG.

    As a reminder, the sanctions against yevhen prygozhyn, his son, wife and mother were introduced by Presidential Decree No. 726/2022 on October 19, 2022.