EU slaps sanctions on Yanukovych and his son

EU slaps sanctions on Yanukovych and his son

The EU member states imposed sanctions Thursday on Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr for their alleged role in threatening Ukraine’s security.

In a statement, the European Council said the pair were added to an existing EU sanctions list set up in response to the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine.

The EU argues that the now 72-year-old Yanukovych still plays a “role in undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and the state’s stability and security”.

His son, Oleksandr, was placed under sanctions for the same reason.

As sanctioned individuals Yanukovych senior and junior will by subject to an EU visa ban and a freeze on any assets held inside the bloc.