VIENNA Feb 28 Austria has frozen the local bank
accounts of 18 Ukrainians suspected of potential human rights
abuses in the country's political upheaval or of corruption, its
foreign ministry said on Friday.
"With this national decision the federal government is
responding to a concrete request from the new Ukrainian
government," Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in a statement
to the Austria Press Agency. A Foreign Ministry spokesman
confirmed the decision to Reuters.
The step was a precautionary measure while the European
Union discusses potential sanctions, Kurz added. The statement
did not identify the people involved or say how much money had