Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. imposes new Ukraine-related sanctions on Russian Federation

U.S. imposes new Ukraine-related sanctions on Russian Federation

The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced Moscow will respond to fresh sanction action by the European Union. Twenty-four Ukrainian sailors were taken into custody when the ships were fired upon and then seized on November 25, 2018.

Canada is also sanctioning a number of individuals and entities responsible for the illegal invasion and ongoing occupation of Crimea and the destabilization of eastern Ukraine. Permanent Representative's Office of Finland to the European Union refused to comment it, stating, they "do not comment individual positions of any state-members, including their own". The 24 Ukrainian sailors are still being held by Moscow.

Six officials were targeted, along with six Russian defense companies, and two Russian energy and construction firms operating in Crimea.

The EU sanctions will prevent named individuals from travelling within the EU, and freeze any known assets linked to them in the EU.

European Union sanctions target eight senior Russian security personnel and military officers responsible for detaining three Ukrainian vessels in disputed waters off the coast of Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014.

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With no end in sight to the current standoff over the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy posture towards the West, the European Parliament on 12 March overwhelmingly voted to approve a report stating that Russian Federation "can no longer be considered a "strategic partner" and that "the EU cannot envisage a gradual return to "business as usual" until Russian Federation fully implements the Minsk Agreement which lay out a process for achieving peace in eastern Ukraine and restores the territorial integrity of Ukraine", the Parliament said in reference to a 2015 accord that was meant to de-escalate the fighting in the Donbass.

We, with our global partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia's ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The U.S. Treasury said it targeted four members of Russia's Federal Security Services for their involvement in the naval clash in the Kerch Strait linking the Black and Avov seas near Crimea, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement.

The United States additionally imposed sanctions on two Ukrainian separatists - Aleksey Naydenko and Vladimir Vysotsky - involved in organizing November elections in the breakaway east, which Washington says were a "sham".

Some 13,000 people have been killed, a quarter of them civilians, and as many as 30,000 wounded in the war in eastern Ukraine since it broke out in April 2014, according to United Nations data.

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