The EU extends individual sanctions for the war in Ukraine
The Council of the European Union extends for another six months the restrictive measures aimed at those responsible for undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, the institution reports.
The restrictions remain in effect until September 15, 2023.
Existing restrictive measures include travel restrictions on individuals, asset freezes, and a ban on providing funds or other economic resources to the listed individuals and legal entities.
Sanctions will continue to apply to 1,473 individuals and 205 organizations, many of which are targeted in response to Russia’s ongoing unjustified and unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine, the EU Council said.
After 24 February 2022, in response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, the EU expanded sanctions against Moscow, with the aim of significantly weakening Russia’s economy, depriving it of critical technologies and markets, and significantly limiting its ability to wage war.
In the conclusions of the European Council of 9 February 2023, the EU reaffirmed its strong condemnation of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, which “constitutes a gross violation of the UN Charter and has brought enormous suffering and destruction to Ukraine and its people”.
Russia must immediately stop its brutal war, the European institution insists.
It added that the European Union will firmly support Ukraine for as long as necessary and remains steadfast in its support for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.