Poroshenko's ban on using Russian social networks doesn’t concern DPR residents

Ukrainian President’s ban on using Russian social networks doesn’t concern the residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic, DPR Communications Minister Viktor Yatsenko stated this on Tuesday (May 16). 

It should be noted that on May 15, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree "On the application of personal special economic and other restrictive measures," which expanded the list of individuals and legal entities subject to sanctions. Today, on May 16, this document was published on the official website and entered into force.

According to the document, among other sanctions, restrictions on the use of such Russian resources as Yandex, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and Mail.ru are introduced for Ukrainian citizens. In this regard, Internet users of the Donetsk People's Republic expressed their concern - whether these restrictions also affect them.

Answering the question, the DPR Minister of Communication Victor Yatsenko assured that the decrees of Ukrainian President didn’t affect the residents of the Republic. “The President of Ukraine can prohibit what he wants. The residents of the Republic will freely use the resources ‘Yandex’, ‘VKontakte’ and ‘Odnoklassniki’, the access to them remains absolutely free in the DPR,” pointed out Yatsenko. 

“While Poroshenko signs decrees in the virtual world, we – the DPR residents keep using Internet services without any restrictions,” added Victor Yatsenko. 

DONi News Agency