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    NSDC sanctions those responsible for persecuting OCU communities in Crimea

    The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine during a meeting held on December 30, 2021, chaired by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, imposed sanctions on 18 individuals involved in passing unjust court decisions on the alienation of property of the Crimean Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol.

    This was announced by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, at a briefing following the meeting, the OCU press service reports.

    According to the motion put forward by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, a decision was made to expand the list of individuals and legal entities subject to personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions).

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved two packages of sanctions against Russian judges and other officials directly involved in the persecution of civilians in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol at its meeting on August 18, 2021.

    In particular, the move is due to the illegal alienation of the premises of the Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Prince Volodymyr and Princess Olha in the city of Simferopol, other religious buildings, as well as damage to church property and persecution of the community.

    The relevant decisions had been drafted by the Ministry of Reintegration together with the Office of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and civil society members, including the National Council of Ukrainians of Crimea (KRUK), an institutional association of Crimean organizations representing Ukrainians in Crimea.

    It should be recalled that the First Independent and UkrLive channels were recently suspended over sanctions slammed by the National Security and Defense Council.

     

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