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Blogger detained for treason in western Ukraine; Russia bans EU leadership after sanctions

Moscow: Russia announced on Thursday that it would expand the list of EU officials banned from entering the country following Western sanctions against Moscow’s military actions in Ukraine.

Russia has been hit with a barrage of sanctions after launching a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. majority of members of the European Parliament promoting anti-Russian policies,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Others include “senior officials…as well as public figures and media workers who are personally responsible for promoting illegal anti-Russian sanctions, inciting Russophobic sentiment, and violating rights and freedoms of the Russian-speaking population,” the statement added. .

The ministry said the EU delegation in Moscow had been briefed, adding that “any hostile sanctions” from the EU and its members would elicit a “harsh response”.

Meanwhile, Ukraine: A Ukrainian social media blogger has been arrested on treason charges for ‘supporting’ the Russian invasion, the country’s SBU security service said on Thursday, and could face up to 15 years in prison .

“Special services have arrested the activities of a scandalous ‘journalist’ who was engaged in activities detrimental to information security in Ukraine,” the SBU branch in Lviv said on Facebook.

“By exploiting the media, the traitor supported the criminal actions of the aggressor country,” he said. He alleged that the man’s material had been “successfully used by the Russian media to justify the criminal actions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine”.

Ukrainian media identified the man as Gleb Lyashenko, 33, saying he had been taken into custody, with a bail of four million hryvnias (about 135,500 dollars, 122,000 euros) for his release.