Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has imposed sanctions against several opposition-supporting television and media companies his government accuses of being financed by Moscow and a Russian-leaning politician. A presidential decree, published late on Tuesday, said "special economic and other restrictive measures" would be imposed against Taras Kozak, a lawmaker from the Opposition Bloc faction, and eight media and TV companies. The decree gave no reasons for the decision. Kozak is the listed owner of the three TV channels covered, which Ukrainian media said were associated with Viktor Medvedchuk, a prominent opposition figure seen as an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. She said Ukraine had evidence the channels received funding from Russia.
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A Ukrainian blogger popular for his pro-Russia views was charged with treason on Tuesday, as Kiev ramps up efforts to stamp out what it says is Kremlin propaganda. The post-Soviet country says it has become a regular target of Russian misinformation since when Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula and backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Shariy, who now lives in Spain, left Ukraine in after being accused of attempted murder when he shot a customer in a fast-food restaurant a year earlier. He has faced regular criticism from numerous opponents who accuse him of espousing anti-Ukrainian views and spreading misinformation via his website and YouTube channel. Shariy was a frequent guest on three Ukrainian TV channels that were banned this month after being deemed tools of Russian propaganda. He added that he believes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is personally behind the charges. To enable commenting and other interactive features, please switch to the more advanced.
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The Ukraine crisis is a power struggle between factions within Ukraine. As one of the founding states of the Soviet Union, Ukraine had been an important contributor to the Soviet Union's economy between — In March of , the current crisis erupted when Russian special forces occupied Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Ukraine had planned to develop Crimea's natural gas reserves in two years in a partnership with U. If it had accomplished this, Russia would have lost one of its largest customers.
But his ex-Soviet nation of 43 million is polarised linguistically and politically, and the move may prove risky for the political fortunes of Zelenskyy, a former star comedian who hails from a Russian-speaking family. Zelenskyy was elected in with 73 percent of the vote, a staggering figure for a rookie politician whose only experience in the halls of power was the role of an accidental president in a popular TV series. The trio shut down are part of a dozen TV networks in Ukraine owned by several regional oligarchs. The United States sanctioned Medvedchuk in