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Austria freezes bank accounts of fugitive Ukrainian President Yanukovych and 17 associates

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VIENNA - Austria is freezing the bank accounts of fugitive Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, his son, Aleksander, and 16 others linked to Ukraine's former government

Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss says the move is meant to ensure that no money is withdrawn from their accounts pending an EU-wide decision on whether Yanukovych and his closest associates should be put under financial and other sanctions.

Weiss did not name those affected. Weiss also said Friday he could not speculate on how much money was in the frozen accounts.

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