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The three biggest Ukrainian mobile operators Kyivstar, Vodafone Ukraine, and Lifecell have started blocking access to Russian websites recently sanctioned by a May 16 order of President Petro Poroshenko, in advance of the deadline to comply by the new regulation.

The sanctions list includes such social networks as Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki, and also Mail.ru — all of them operate under the umbrella of Mail.ru Group. It also affects internet platforms Yandex and Kinopoisk.

The three carriers started technical preparations for the ban on May 17, according to a joint statement released by them on the same day. They said they would cut access on both desktop and mobile devices, including mobile applications.

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Both Kyivstar, Vodafone Ukraine have significant Russian ownership,, no critical Ukraine business or media or communications should be owned by Russian interests. Profits from these company's flow back to the Kremlin and the money is used to invade and kill Ukrainians. These companies should be forced to divest of all Russian owners.

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