On May 15, Ukraine should expire sanctions against Russian Internet services that were introduced by Petro Poroshenko in 2017. National Security and Defense Council proposes to extend them
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The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine submitted to the office of the President of the country a draft decree on the extension of sanctions against Russian Internet services and social networks Mail.ru, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. This is stated in the message of the NSDC on the page on Facebook.
“Based on the results of consideration by the majority of members of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, a decision on the application, cancellation and amendment of restrictive measures (sanctions) was adopted,” the report said.
Sanctions against a number of Russian companies, social networks and individuals were introduced in Ukraine in May 2017. The corresponding decree was signed by Petro Poroshenko, who then held the post of head of state. In addition to Mail.ru services, Yandex services were also sanctioned. As a result, they were blocked in the country. The validity of sanctions and, accordingly, blocking should expire on May 15, 2020. At the time of blocking, the VKontakte site was the third most popular in the country, second only to the search engines Google and YouTube, Mail.ru and Yandex shared fourth and fifth places, Odnoklassniki were in tenth.
According to SimilarWeb, in January 2017, Ukraine accounted for 17.6% of the total VKontakte traffic. As of May 2020, the share of traffic from Ukraine to VKontakte fell to 6.48%. At the same time, in Ukraine, the Russian social network remained in fourth place in terms of traffic among all sites, losing only Facebook from social networks. “Classmates” took ninth place. On the 12th place was the Ukrainian version of Yandex, and on the 14th was the Russian version. Portal Mail.ru dropped to 17th line.
Representatives of Mail.Ru Group, Yandex, Odnoklassniki and VKontakte declined to comment on RBC.