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U.S., EU Impose New Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine

U.S., EU Impose New Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine

The United States, together with the European Union and Canada, imposed new sanctions on March 15 on more than a dozen Russian officials and businesses in response to the country's "continued aggression in Ukraine".

The EU sanctions will prevent named individuals from travelling within the EU, and freeze any known assets linked to them in the EU.

"This joint initiative with our partners in the European Union and Canada reinforces our shared commitment to impose targeted and meaningful sanctions in response to the Kremlin's attempts to disregard global norms and undermine Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", he added.

We call upon Russian Federation to immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and detained crewmembers, and keep the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov open to ships transiting to and from Ukrainian ports.

Last November, the Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors and their vessels in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black and Azov seas.

The decision takes the number of people blacklisted by the bloc over the crisis in Ukraine to 170 persons and 44 entities.

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Speaking in occupied Crimea, which he visited on the fifth anniversary of the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula by Russia, he said "Ukraine treated Crimea very, very dishonestly, the fundamental rights of citizens were violated: the right to language, the right to education in their native language, the economy of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol was destroyed, in fact, it was the annexation", the press service of the lower house of the Russian parliament told UNIAN.

As stated by the European Council on 13 December, the EU requests the immediate release of all detained Ukrainian seamen as well as the return of the seized vessels and free passage of all ships through the Kerch Strait.

"We also call on Russian Federation to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including its territorial waters".

The UK has consistently stood with Ukraine in opposing this attack and all instances of Russian aggression towards Ukraine, including Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea five years ago.

The US also imposed sanctions on two Ukrainian separatists for their support of "illegitimate separatist government elections".

The sanctions were slapped on six Russian defense firms, two Russian energy and construction companies operating in Crimea and few officials. They are still in Russian detention. He claimed his net worth has dropped by $7.5bn because of the measures.