Groysman forecasts fast proceedings on Russian banks’ receipt of separatist passports

A Russian-backed separatist guards a checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska, Lugansk region, on March 7, as an elderly couple passes into Ukraine-controlled territory.

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The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and other competent authorities are currently seeing into the matter of accepting the Donbas separatist passports by banks operating in Russia, in particular, Sberbank of Russia, to make a decision on imposing sanctions, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said.

“Now the legal grounds are being clarified, whether it has real grounds behind. If it has, then I think, the NBU, the National Security and Defense Council, and the president, will promptly react to this situation and this response will be adequate … I think, we’ll sort it out quickly,” the prime minister said at a meeting of the Cabinet in Kyiv on March 10.

This issue was again raised by the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov. Just like three days earlier, he spoke in favor of imposing sanctions on Sberbank of Russia.

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