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Vienna prosecutors target Ukrainian former government

Austrian officials have announced they are coordinating with Ukraine's public prosecutors over the investigation of former Ukrainian government officials accused of money-laundering and sanctions violations.

Responding to a question asked by the liberal NEOS party in parliament, the Justice Ministry in Austria said it has asked the Ukrainian public prosecutor to send a letter substantiating its suspicions.

They said among the "numerous people" under investigation by Vienna prosecutors were former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his son Oleksii.

Austria, along with other countries in the European Union, complied in February with a separate request from the current Ukrainian government to freeze the assets held in Austrian banks belonging to around 18 Ukrainians suspected of corruption or possible human rights violations.

Money laundering investigations have also been launched in Switzerland into people associated with ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

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