US, Canada, EU hit Russian Federation with fresh sanctions over Ukraine

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

We, with our worldwide partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia's ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity. When approached by RFE/RL, the Finnish permanent representative to the European Union responded: "We can not comment individual position of any member state, neither our own, so we will not comment".

The EU's economic and individual sanctions on Moscow that are now in effect were imposed over the situation in Ukraine and Crimea's reunification with Russian Federation.

The Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors during the clash.

Four of the individuals are border guard or coast guard officials, singled out for their role in a November 25, 2018 naval confrontation, in which Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels in the narrow Kerch Strait the two countries share.

In one of its more pointed statements, the Parliament stressed that the European Union should stand ready to adopt further sanctions against Russian Federation, especially those targeting individuals.

The decision takes the number of people blacklisted by the bloc over the crisis in Ukraine to 170 persons and 44 entities. Thus, the sanctions were imposed against Head of "Border Unit of Crimean and Sevastopol FSB Rear Admiral Sergey Stankevich, his deputy Andrey Shein, Commander of troops of Southern Military district Alexandr Dvornikov, commanders Alexey Salaev and Andrey Shipitsyn, participating in the seizure of the vessels, commander of anti-submarine warfare ship Suzdalets Sergey Shcherbakov and two heads of the FSB control points Ruslan Romashkin and Alexey Shatokhin".

The US, Canada and the European Union on Friday again pressed for Moscow to release the detained Ukrainian crew.

"Canada and its allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said.

Six Russian defense firms with operations in Crimea were targeted for misappropriating Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military during the annexation, it said.

In the more than five years after Moscow invaded and illegally annexed neighbouring Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, relations between the European Union and Russian Federation have soured to the point that the two sides, along with the rest of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and the Kremlin's hodgepodge of equally anti-Western allies, are now deeply involved in a second Cold War.

The Council today added eight Russian officials to the list of those subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

Among them are Russian shipbuilding giant Zelenodolsk, the hydroacoustic equipment producer Okeanpribor, a diesel engine supplier to the Russian military, Zvezda, and an electronic parts supplier to the military, Fiolent.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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