KIEV, 22 Feb – RIA Novosti. Ukraine's NSDC sanctions against Sportmaster Operations Pte. Ltd were introduced in connection with the fact that the company was operating in Crimea, the press service of the Security Council of Ukraine reported on Monday.
Private limited company Sportmaster Operations Pte. Ltd was previously included in the list of sanctions imposed by the decree of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky against individuals and legal entities, the companies were banned from conducting trade operations and withdrawing capital outside the country.
“The sanctions against the Singapore company Sportmaster Operations Pte. Ltd were imposed on the basis of information about the operation of the network in Crimea,” the Security Council of Ukraine said in a comment to the Ukrinform agency.
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on Friday decided to impose sanctions against 19 legal entities and eight individuals, including the owners of aircraft on which flights to Russia were carried out.
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum was held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke out in favor of joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue is “finally closed.”