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Ukrainians picketing Russian Sberbank’s offices, ATMs after its recognizing "DPR/LPR" passports

Ukrainians picketing Russian Sberbank’s offices, ATMs after its recognizing "DPR/LPR" passportsRussian banks cannot work in Ukraine in the current situation, especially after the announcement on recognising "DPR/LPR" passports, interior minister Arsen Avakov said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for the meeting of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on Wednesday, March 15, regarding the issue of imposing sanctions against Sberbank, Ukrainian subsidiary of the Russian bank. This was said by Arsen Avakov on air of ZIK Сhannel, 112 TV UA Channel reported.

"As far as I know, president convenes Security and Defense Council on Wednesday, I think this issue (possible sanctions against the subsidiary of Sberbank of Russia - 112 International) will be included in the agenda and will be considered," he said.

Avakov expressed confidence that Russian banks cannot work in Ukraine in the current situation, especially after the announcement on recognising "DPR/LPR" passports.

"I think we will settle the issue in a legal way," the minister noted.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Sberbank reported 26 attacks on its offices and ATMs in largest Ukrainian cities over past week. Sberbank authorities say they are “highly concerned about the actions of nationalistic organisations” in Ukraine.

In Ukrainian capital fighters of Azov battalion picketed one of the Sberbank’s branches on Volodymyrska Street in Kyiv. They constructed a wall from the concrete blocks and cement. Thus the protesters were “bricking the bank” symbolically.

The activists said that they were fighting with the Russian impact on Ukraine in the banking sector.

Some Ukrainian MPs were also taking part in the protest.

By 10 a.m. local time, the wall near the bank was whitewashed, protesters put concrete blocks all around it.

People were not going to leave the bank. There were several dozen people there, no law enforcement officers were observed nearby, media says.
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