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Switzerland, Austria block any possible Yanukovych assets

Friday - 2/28/2014, 10:58am  ET

GENEVA (AP) -- Authorities in Switzerland and Austria are moving to block any assets that Ukraine's fugitive president and his son might have hidden there.

Switzerland's governing Federal Council says it will block any assets that Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) and his entourage might have in Switzerland, effective immediately.

Austria says it's freezing any bank accounts it finds for Yanukovych, his son and 16 others linked to Ukraine's former government.

Austria's Foreign Ministry says the move is meant to make sure that no money is taken from their accounts pending a decision by the European Union on whether Yanukovych and his closest associates should face sanctions.

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