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Kiev slaps sanctions over Crimean bridge

Ukraine has imposed sanctions on 294 legal entities and 848 individuals who took part in the construction of Crimean bridge and in holding elections in Donbass republics, says a decree posted on Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko's site on Wednesday.

"The sanctions lists include those individuals and entities who have been involved in the construction of a transport pass across the Kerch Strait, [who] were involved in an armed attack on and the seizure of Ukrainian naval boats and the illegal captivity of Ukrainian sailors," the statement says.

Moreover, the sanctions hit those who organized and helped to hold elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) and in Crimea. The sanctions were imposed on those who, according to Kiev, "deliberately violated Ukraine's legislation when entering or leaving the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea," along with the individuals who "obtained illegally and are using the museum collections owned by Ukraine."

[Source: Itar Tass, Kiev, 20Mar19]

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