EU prolongs sanctions over actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity

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Photo: European Union

On 13 September, the Council of the European Union prolonged the restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months, until 15 March 2019. The sanctions will continue to apply to 155 persons and 44 entities on the list.

The EU said that the measures continue to consist of asset freezes and travel restrictions.

“An assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime,” the EU underlined in its statement. “The relevant information and statement of reasons for the listing of these persons and entities were updated as necessary.”

The EU measures in place in response to the Ukraine crisis include economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy and restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol (limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol).

The measures were first introduced in March 2014 and were last extended in September 2017. As of 14 September, all legal acts are available in the EU Official Journal.

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