EU extends its sanctions list over Ukraine crisis
Iran Press TV
Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:44PM GMT
The European Union (EU) has added 13 individuals as well as five entities to its sanctions list over their alleged involvement in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Diplomatic sources said ambassadors from the 28-nation bloc took the decision on Thursday against the 18 persons and entities over their alleged role in leadership and local parliamentary elections held in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions earlier this month.
The move responds to the vote "which undermined...the implementation of the Minsk protocol,' an unidentified source said.
Kiev and the pro-Russians inked a truce pact in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk on September 5 in a move to put an end to heavy clashes in Ukraine's eastern provinces but the fighting continues unabated.
Another diplomatic source added that the new measures include imposing asset freezes and travel bans on the 18 figures and organizations.
The names of those included in the blacklist were not immediately disclosed, but they are expected to be published in The Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) on Saturday.
The new blacklist adds to the previous tally of 23 entities and 119 individuals facing asset freezes and visa bans.
Tensions between Moscow and the West heightened in March following a decision by Ukraine's then autonomous region of Crimea to join the Russian Federation.
The move sparked angry reactions from the United States and the European Union, both of which imposed several rounds of punitive measures against Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, targeting the country's banking, energy and defense sectors. Russia, for its part, has also imposed retaliatory bans.
Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking parts in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia activists and the Ukrainian army since mid-April.
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