The Council has adopted a decision on the extension of sanctions against Russia on March 19


The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko by decree No. 82/2019 enacted the decision of national security Council and defence of Ukraine (NSDC) on March 19, 2019, “On the application, cancellation and amendment of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions)”. On 20 March a decree published on the website of the head of state, it shall enter into force from the date of publication.

As announced on 20 March, the press service of the NSDC, in the sanctions list included:

  • natural and legal persons who were involved in the process of construction of transport passage through the Kerch Strait;
  • involved in the armed attack and seizure of Ukrainian military boats, as well as the illegal retention of Ukrainian seafarers;
  • organized and facilitated elections at the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions and the Crimean Peninsula;
  • defiantly violated Ukrainian legislation regarding entry/exit in the temporarily occupied territory of the Ukrainian Crimea;
  • distribute publishing products anti-Ukrainian content;
  • illegally obtained and used the Museum’s collection, which belongs to Ukraine.

“NSDC has also introduced restrictive measures against certain natural and legal persons against whom have applied sanctions of EU, USA and Canada”, – stated in the message.

On the basis of the proposals of the NBU extended sanctions on four banks with the capital of the aggressor state, added the press service.

At the initiative of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, security Service of Ukraine and the National Bank at the present time, sanctions imposed 848 294 legal and physical persons, said the Council.

“At the same time, in connection with the achievement of the objectives of the imposition of sanctions on the performance of the SBU repealed the restrictive measures of the eight legal entities, most of which had ceased business operations. At the initiative of SBU, made technical changes in the identification data of one physical and two legal entities”, – stated in the message.

The last time the national security Council has extended the sanctions list of individuals and companies involved in the Russian aggression, 26 Dec 2018.

The European Union of 15 March reported the six-month extension of individual sanctions in connection with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. It included eight Russian citizens, involved in attack on Ukrainian military ships in the Black sea.

United States of America and Canada on the same day has also expanded the list of sanctions against Russia. Restrictions imposed against officials and companies involved in “unjustified attacks by Russia on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait, the annexation of Crimea and the support of the illegal election of the separatist government in Eastern Ukraine.”