Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

European Union sanctions over Ukraine prolonged until Sept 15

European Union sanctions over Ukraine prolonged until Sept 15

"They continue to apply to 150 persons and 38 entities", TASS cited the statement as saying. It said the measures were due to "actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine".

The Council of the European Union has chose to roll-over the measures - consisting of asset freezes and travel restrictions applying to 150 people and 38 entities - until 15 September this year.

Russian Federation also fomented unrest in eastern Ukraine, where fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 10,300 people since April 2014.

Sanctions were imposed in July 2014 in reaction to Russia's annexation of Crimea and fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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

In 2015 the European Council decided that sanctions could only be lifted once ceasefire deals, known as the Minsk agreements, were fully respected. Since then the economic sanctions were extended for 6 months twice a year after an assessment of the progress in the Minsk accords.

Following the ouster of Moscow-friendly Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by massive pro-European protests in February 2014, thousands of unmarked Russian soldiers took control of Crimea before Moscow formally seized the peninsula on March 18, 2014.

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