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Ukraine's telecom regulator, the National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization, announced that they've issued a decree that 32 online betting websites are to be blocked by the country's ISPs.
The order comes after a court ruling that gave the NKRZI the authority to make the demands. Because of the lack of licenses within Ukraine, the regulator called for the blockage of nearly three dozen sites, including Yukon Gold, Golden Tiger, BetChain, FastPlay, PartyPoker, and others.
Under Ukrainian law, the sites will have to be blocked by ISPs beginning Friday, meaning that punters within the country will not be able to access the sites unless they use technology such as a VPN. If you have an account at any of the casinos on the blacklist and are within Ukraine, it may be within your best interests to get your money withdrawn.
The government of Ukraine is looking to regulate online betting in the country, with the latest measure getting through its first reading last month. The bill has a ways to go before it could be signed into law, and it appears that the NKRZI is working to give unlicensed groups the boot ahead of any regulation.