The European Union has officially adopted new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, in reaction to Moscow’s recognition of the breakaway Donbass republics’ independence from Ukraine. The measures, which the EU will publish in full before the end of the day, reportedly target some of the top officials in President Vladimir Putin’s government.
Brussels has also now placed sanctions on all 351 members of the Russian parliament – the State Duma – who supported the recognition of the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) People’s Republics.
“Restrictive measures include an asset freeze and a prohibition from making funds available to the listed individuals and entities. In addition, a travel ban applicable to the listed persons prevents these from entering or transiting through EU territory,” the bloc’s statement said.