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Klitschko: EU Should Put Sanctions On Ukrainian Officials


Udar party leader Vitali Klitschko said Ukrainians "should not be held hostage to politicians."

Udar party leader Vitali Klitschko said Ukrainians "should not be held hostage to politicians."

The head of Ukraine's Udar party, Vitali Klitschko, has called on the European Union to impose individual sanctions on Ukrainian officials who are behind selective justice, political reprisals, and human rights abuses.

Klitschko, who is also the reigning WBC heavyweight boxing champion, said on March 15 in Brussels that some Ukrainian officials are bringing the country toward dictatorship and international isolation through their actions.

He said Ukrainians "should not be held hostage to politicians."

Klitschko added that sanctions should not be levied against Ukraine and its people but rather against "highly placed figures of authorities, definite names and posts" and that sanctions should target their ability to "hide money abroad and feel they are above the law."

Klitschko on March 14 made the same proposal to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Washington.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax
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