Ukraine: EU responds to escalation at the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov

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On 15 March, the EU Council added eight Russian officials to the list of those subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

These new listings have been adopted by the Council as a response to escalation in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov and the violations of international law by Russia, which used military force with no justification.

The Council also extended the validity of these restrictive measures for a further six months, until 15 September 2019. The Council removed one deceased person from the list. The measures now apply to a total of 170 persons and 44 entities. They consist of a travel ban and an asset freeze. EU operators are also forbidden from making funds available to the listed individuals and entities.

The legal acts were adopted by the Council by written procedure. They are available in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Other EU measures in place in response to the crisis in Ukraine include:         

  • economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy, currently in place until 31 July 2019;
  • restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, currently in place until 23 June 2019.

Find out more

Press release

Council decision of 15 March 2019, Official Journal of the EU

EU restrictive measures in response to the crisis in Ukraine (policy page)