EU extends sanctions for alleged Russian meddling in Ukraine

Darnell Taylor
March 12, 2018

They continue to apply to 150 persons and 38 entities.

During a visit to Kiev, Mogherini also said there was no "fatigue" on the part of the European Union toward Ukraine, as was demonstrated by the EU's decision to extend sanctions on Russian Federation and to give financial assistance to Ukraine.

The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday there was "no fatigue" on the part of the EU towards Ukraine, as demonstrated by its extension of sanctions on Russian Federation and financial aid for Kiev.

The sanctions, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against 150 people and 38 companies, would be extended until September 15, Reuters reports citing the European Council.

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Those targeted are accused of "actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine".

The sanctions affect Russia's financial, energy and security markets, limit Russian state banks and oil companies access to foreign capital and enforces an embargo on weapons.

The conflict between Russia-backed fighters and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014, when pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine rebelled against Kiev and Russia annexed Crimea. "There are worldwide conventions and there is an impeccable legal position of Ukraine", Poroshenko said on Twitter last Thursday, March 9.

Russia's annexation led Western powers, including the US, to impose sanctions against Moscow.

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