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Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein freeze assets and bank accounts of Ukraine's Yanukovych

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Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein freeze assets and bank accounts of Ukraine's Yanukovych


The prosecutor’s office in Geneva has launched a money laundering investigation into ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his son Aleksander.

Police searched the premises of a company owned by Aleksander Yanukovych and removed documents.

“This investigation allows us to examine how these firms which are directly or indirectly connected to Alexander Yanukovich make their money in Ukraine, Holland or Switzerland,” said Chief Prosecutor Yves Bertossa.

It comes as Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein have frozen bank accounts and assests belonging to the two Yanukovychs as well as more than a dozen other Ukrainians.

Viktor Yanukovych denies having any foreign bank accounts, saying talk about them is“empty chatter.”

Ukraine’s new government accuses him of stripping state coffers bare and says tens of billions of euros have disappeared into offshore accounts.

Ukraine crisis – how it unfolded

24: Thousands protest in Kyiv over government move to shelve EU association agreement.

17: Ukraine secures a 11bn euro bailout from Russia.

19: Up to 200,000 gather in Kyiv to show opposition to newly-enacted anti-protest laws. Clashes between police and protesters.
20: Clashes continue into second day.
22: Kyiv Post reports five killed and 300 injured as clashes intensify.
23: Truce announced which paves the way for arrested protestors to be released.
28: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigns. Nine of 11 anti-protests laws repealed after vote in parliament. Stand-off continues between police and protesters in Kyiv.

18: 20,000 protestors march to parliament with MPs set to debate a possible new constitution. At least 17 people, including seven policeman, are killed as fresh clashes erupt.
19: Truce agreed.
20: Truce breaks down, fresh clashes see 48-hour death toll rise to at least 77.
21: Peace deal signed, with talk of early elections. Violence spreads to western Ukraine.
22: Protesters freely take control of presidential buildings amid reports Yanukovych has fled. Parliament votes to remove him with fresh elections set for May. Yanukovych appears on TV and denounces a “coup dêtat”. Opposition leader Tymoshenko released from jail.
23: Tymoshenko ally becomes acting president, saying European integration is a priority
25: Parliament votes for ousted Yanukovych to be tried at International Criminal Court.
26: Interim government moves to disband Ukraine’s riot police force as leaks lift the lid on the high-living of ousted president Yanukovych
27: Reports emerge suggesting Yanukovych is now in Russia as parliament appoints new pro-EU government. It comes amid fears of separatism after pro-Russian gunmen takeover government building in Crimea.
28: Yanukovych, speaking at a press conference, vows to fight for Ukraine, calls new government illegitimate and denies ordering police to fire on protesters. It comes as gunmen seize airports in Crimea.

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