Two more political parties, the Left Opposition bloc and Shariy’s Party, have been banned by a Ukrainian court. Both featured on the list of the 11 parties and political movements suspended in March by Ukraine’s national Security Council. Thursday’s announcement brings the total of outlawed parties to nine.
According to the statements by the Eighth Administrative Court of Appeal in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, all activities of the Left Opposition and Shariy’s Party have been prohibited, with “funds and other assets” set to be nationalized.
As Justice Minister Denis Malyuska explained, the two join other banned “pro-Russian” parties, activities of which were allegedly aimed at “undermining sovereignty” of Ukraine.
Explaining the court decision, the minister cited the law “On political parties” and amendments to it, adopted in the wake of the Russian military offensive, and simplified procedures to ban a political party for the duration of martial law.
“Materials on the illegality of political parties are provided to the Ministry of Justice by law enforcement agencies, and with these materials the Ministry files an administrative lawsuit to ban the political party. At the same time, the activity of a political party can be banned only by a court decision,” the ministry said in a statement.