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E.U. Freezes Assets of Ex-Ukrainian President Yanukovych, Son

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Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (left) with Russian President Vladimir Putin in December in Moscow. Kommersant Photo / Getty Images file

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Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his son are among 18 people whose assets have been frozen by the European Union for allegedly embezzling government funds, the 28-member bloc revealed in its official journal on Thursday.

The list also includes high-ranking members of Yanukovych's administration, including the former prime minister, head of the security service and prosecutor general.

The documents say the 18 have been targeted because they are "subject to investigation in Ukraine for involvement in crimes in connection with the embezzlement of Ukrainian State funds and their illegal transfer outside Ukraine."

When Yanukovych was driven out of Kiev by protesters from the Maidan movement, the public was able to get a glimpse of his luxury compound, which featured a private zoo with exotics animals, an opulent mansion, a golf course and statue-lined lawns.

—Tracy Connor

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