The European Union (EU) proposed this Wednesday to add to the list of individual sanctions pro-Russian officials in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporijia, occupied by Russia.
“We propose the adoption of additional restrictive measures against individuals who are supporting, facilitating or benefiting from the invasion of Ukraine”EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement to the press.
First, as specified by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the restrictive measures will cover “the authorities representing Russia in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporijia”.
The sanctions – which include an asset freeze and a ban on travel to the EU – are still expected to apply “to the Russians who organized and facilitated these shameful referendums in the four occupied Ukrainian territories”, the representative added.
Borrell also stressed that today’s proposal – in reaction to the recent referendums on the accession to the Russian Federation of these occupied territories – will sanction Russian officials linked to the Defense sectorsuch as the Minister of Defense, as well as suppliers of war equipment to Russia, including missiles and fighter planes, as well as participants in the mobilization process announced by Moscow of 300,000 reservists.
The new sanctions package also targets disseminators of false information and donors of funds to areas occupied by Moscow, according to Brussels.
The European Commission today proposed an eighth package of sanctions against Russia, in the face of the “new escalation” of the Kremlin (Russian Presidency) in its aggression against Ukraine, with the holding of “fraudulent referendums”, partial mobilization and the threat of resorting to nuclear weapons. .
The new EU sanctions package, outlined in Brussels today by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU High Representative Josep Borrell, includes a ceiling on the price of Russian oil, new restrictions on trade to deprive around €7 billion in revenue, a ban on exports of more products to deprive the Kremlin of key technologies for its defense industry and an update to the list of individuals and entities targeted by restrictive measures.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, a hostile act that was condemned by most of the international community, which has responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions on Russia.