KIEV, April 16 Ukraine has launched a criminal
investigation against Russia's biggest lender Sberbank
for facilitating financing of pro-Russian separatists, acting
Attorney General Oleh Makhnitsky said on Wednesday.
Makhnitsky said the Attorney General's office was
investigating 14 banks for helping to finance separatists who
have taken over a number of buildings in eastern Ukraine, but he
did not say whether all the investigations were criminal.
"A criminal investigation has been launched against, for
example, Sberbank Russia, and work is underway in that direction
... for financing terrorism," Makhnitsky said in an interview on
Fifth Channel television.
On Tuesday, Ukraine's state security service said an unnamed
Russian bank transferred 45 million hryvnia ($3.75 million)
between March and April for the financing of militant groups.
(Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Conor Humphries, editing by