Over 900 illegal gambling halls shut down as Ukraine prepares to legalize gambling Natalia Datskevych, Kyiv Post · January 12, 2020 at 3:20 pm Ukraine’s law enforcement shut down more than 900 gambling halls since Ukraine’s government moved to end illegal gambling in the country in late December, Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reported on Jan. 10. While gambling is illegal in Ukraine, thousands of illegal gambling halls have operated in Ukraine masked as lottery offices. In December, parliament tried to pass legislation to regulate their work but failed. After that, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said all the gambling halls must be shut down immediately. So far, Ukraine has initiated nearly 440 criminal proceedings against owners of the gambling halls and seized 11,600 slot machines and other equipment.