EU Extends Sanctions to nine people involved in elections in separatist regions in Eastern Ukraine

At yesterday’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting, EU foreign ministers agreed to impose travel bans and asset freezes on nine people involved in recently held illegal elections in two separatist regions in Eastern Ukraine, reportedly held under duress from Russia, saying that “The EU considers these ‘elections’ illegal and illegitimate and does not recognise them.” 

A statement from the European Council explains, “Through their actions, [the nine persons] further undermined the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”

The nine individuals added to the EU sanctions list include Olga Pozdnyakova and Olena Kravchenko, who head the separatists’ electoral commissions in Donetsk and Luhansk, the two bodies’ deputy heads, and their secretaries.

The heads of the separatist legislatures in Donetsk and Luhansk, Vladimir Bidyovka and Denis Miroshnichenko, as well as Leonid Pasechnik, who became leader of the separatists in Luhansk, were also added.

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