BRUSSELS (AFP) -The EU will add 19 people including five Russians to its sanctions list over the conflict in Ukraine following a surge in fighting between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels, European sources said Thursday.
Nine “entities” will also be targeted by the sanctions, which were agreed at an emergency meeting of foreign ministers from the 28-nation European Union in Brussels last week, several sources told AFP.
The new additions must be formally appro-ved when the foreign ministers meet again on Monday.
None of the 19 new figures targeted for travel bans and asset freezes is “top level”, the sources said, while only one of the entities is Russian.
The majority of those on the blacklist are likely to be either separatist leaders blamed for stoking the fighting in eastern Ukraine, or figures in Crimea, which Russia annexed in March 2014.
The crisis in Ukraine began in November 2013 when the then-president Viktor Yanu-kovych, under pressure from Moscow, re-fused to sign a deal deepening ties with the European Union, sparking protests which led to his overthrow.