Tuesday, August 13, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted as a basis the Government's
bill “On the sanctions" (¹4453a). 243 MPs supported the document.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, while introducing the draft law, stressed
that the mentioned legislative act enables the Ukrainian state to impose
sanctions against states-aggressors, their legal and natural persons and
“It concerns the fact that Ukraine will obtain
the right, through a decision of the National Defense and Security Council to
impose sanctions targeting to protect our national interests and protect the
citizens of Ukraine," he said.
grounds for introducing sanctions, pursuant to the draft law, can be open or
hidden armed aggression against the Ukrainian state; possible risk to the life
and health of Ukrainian citizens; illegal expropriation of Ukrainian property; taking
hostages; making barriers to sustainable economic development of the Ukrainian
"Anyone who infringes on the rights of
Ukrainians should know that Ukraine in synergy with our western partners will
impose sanctions against it, the same way the sanctions are imposed by the G7
countries against the Russian Federation", - said the Head of Government.
general, according to Arseniy Yatseniuk, the bill affords to introduce 29 types
of sanctions, including an assets freeze, a travel ban, a transportation ban,
seizure of assets, restrictions to use radio frequency resource, restrictions to
use Internet and introduction of a number of economic and financial leverages
against the states- aggressors, against their companies and physical persons.
head of Government stressed that, since 2005 Ukraine hadn’t had any legal
possibility to join the sanctions of the European Union, as Ukraine lacks
certain legislation base that would give an opportunity to defend the interests
of Ukraine and “together with our western partners put pressure on the
aggressors and invaders, such as the Russian Federation today".
“We have received support from the West. But now we
must demonstrate to the world that we are also capable of protecting ourselves,”
"We are well aware that sanctions will have
consequences for the Ukrainian economy as well.
But this is the price, which is nothing as compared to the number of victims among
Ukrainian soldiers, Ukrainian population, who are shot by terrorists, sponsored
by the Russian Federation", - said the Head of Government.
Yatsenyuk stressed that the adoption of this law is "the answer to the
question, whether it is Ukraine’s Parliament or the Parliament
of another state": "It is a matter of national dignity. If we ask
someone to protect us, then we should demonstrate first we are capable to
protect ourselves. Our soldiers defend the country,
now let the Parliament defend the country."