The European Council announced the extension of personal sanctions against Ukraine for another 6 months, until March 15, 2022.
“The council decided today to extend the sanctions targeting those responsible for undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for another 6 months, until March 15, 2022,” the council said in a statement.
The statement added that the sanctions include travel restrictions, asset freezes, and bans on making funds or other economic resources available to the listed individuals and entities.
The statement indicated that the sanctions include 177 individuals and 48 Russian entities.
It is noteworthy that the European Union had approved economic sanctions against a number of Russian officials and specific economic sectors for allegedly undermining the sovereignty and security of Ukraine since March 17, 2014.
The EU also renewed the list of sanctions imposed in response to the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia for another year until June 23, 2022.
On September 3, 2016, Russian Presidrent Vladimir Putin confirmed the end of the Crimea issue.
Crimea became a federal Russian territory, after a referendum held on March 16, 2014, in the Crimea and Sevastopol, and both regions became part of the Russian Federation, as of March 18, 2014, and this day was considered an official holiday in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.