The European Union has extended individual sanctions against Russia by six months

The European Council extended by six months the validity of the restrictive measures imposed in 2014 on a number of individuals and organizations, whose actions, according to European authorities, have caused harm to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The validity of previous decisions on the extension of sanctions expires on 15 March 2017.

On the website of the Council of Europe notes that “the blacklist” fell under the ban on entry to EU countries and freezing of assets of persons was reduced by eliminating two of the deceased people.

The new version of the list is the former commander of the so-called battalion “Sparta” Arsen Pavlov, known under the nickname of Motorola, and former Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s Republic Gennady Tsepkalo. First died 16 October 2016 as a result of a bomb planted in the Elevator house in Donetsk, the second — was found hanged in the cell of the Lugansk prison where was after his arrest on charges of attempted coup.

At the same time in the “black list” is still listed Mikhail Tolstoy, known by the nickname Givi. The commander of the battalion “Somali” Thick was killed on 8 February 2017 in his office in the state-controlled self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic of Donetsk.

In total, in the sanctions list of the EU there are now 150 individuals, among whom there are citizens of Russia and Ukraine. The sanctions affect a number of Russian deputies and senators, the authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as leaders of the DNI and LC. In addition, in the sanctions list includes 37 companies and organizations (among them, the state unitary enterprise “Chernomorneftegaz”, “Massandra” and several battalions of militia of the breakaway republics).