Austria has frozen the local bank accounts of 18 Ukrainians suspected of potential human rights abuses in the country's political upheaval or of corruption, its foreign ministry said.
"With this national decision the federal government is responding to a concrete request from the new Ukrainian government," Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in a statement to the Austria Press Agency. A Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the decision to Reuters.
The step was a precautionary measure while the European Union discusses potential sanctions, Kurz added. The statement did not identify the people involved or say how much money had been seized.
A teenager who was killed in an avalanche while skiing in Austria with his family was from Winchester in Hampshire, police said.
The 16-year-old boy was buried under an avalanche at the resort of Lecham Arlberg. His father is seriously injured and his twin brother is reported to be uninjured.
A police spokesman said:" The father and his boy were buried. The ski guide was able to get away from the avalanche and immediately after he called rescue teams. He then started trying to free the two who were buried. The rescue team finally rescued the father and got the boy out some time later."
Austrian police said the instructor who was giving them a ski lesson will face criminal investigation.
A British teenager has reportedly been killed in an avalanche at the Austian resort of Lech am Arlberg, according to local media agency HNA.
The Foreign Office said: “We can confirm the death of a British national and the hospitalisation of a British national on 17 December in Austria. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”