The EU Council has adopted on Friday reinforced EU sanctions in view of the situation in Ukraine.
The Council added 15 further persons and 18 entities responsible for action against Ukraine’s territorial integrity to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and a visa ban. This brings the number of persons currently under EU sanctions in connection with the situation in Ukraine to 87, while the number of entities rose to 20. The Council also widened the designation criteria in the legal basis for the restrictive measures. This paves the way for imposing asset freezes and visa bans on persons and entities that actively support or are benefiting from Russian decision makers responsible for the annexation of Crimea or the destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine.