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EU Imposes Asset Freeze & Travel Bans on 5 Persons Who Threatened Ukraine’s Territorial Integrity

The Council of the European Union adopted restrictive measures on five other persons for their active support of actions and implementation of policies that threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

The Council revealed through a press release that the persons against whom restrictive measures will be applied are members of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. They were elected as representatives of the illegally annexed Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

In addition, among them are also the head and deputy head of the Election Commission of Sevastopol, reports.

“The European Union does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and continues to condemn the Russian violation of international law. Moreover, the EU remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence,” the Commission statement said.

With the recent additions, the EU’s restrictive measures regarding the territorial integrity of Ukraine now apply to 193 people and 48 entities. Measures that apply to such persons and entities include asset freezes, including a prohibition on making funds available to them.

In addition, these people are also subject to a travel ban, which means that they cannot enter or transit through the European Union.

Restrictive measures against persons threatening Ukraine’s territorial integrity were first introduced in March 2014, and since then, they have been regularly extended.

Other EU actions being implemented in response to the current crisis in Ukraine include economic sanctions targeting certain sectors of the Russian economy, as well as restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Taking into account the current situation in Ukraine, many EU/Schengen area countries have advised their citizens not to travel.

Switzerland is the latest country to issue travel advice for Ukraine. Expressing its concerns about the situation, the Swiss Federal Foreign Ministry said that all citizens of the country are advised not to travel to Ukraine for reasons that are not at all urgent.

Ireland also advised its citizens not to travel to Ukraine due to the growing threat of military activities. The Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on all citizens currently in Ukraine to leave by commercial means.

The latter indicated that they are in constant contact with all those who planned to travel to Ukraine for essential purposes while emphasizing that they will continue to provide support to all.

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