On March 14, the EU Council decided to prolong individual sanctions against Russia for six months. This is reported in the EU Official Journal. The document states that restrictive measures, which expire on March 15, are continued “in connection with actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”
In addition, the EU imposed sanctions on eight Russians accused of aggression against Ukrainian seamen in the Kerch Strait last year. According to the European Truth, the following names have been included in the sanction list: Sergei Stankevich, the Crimean Frontier Department Chief of the Russian FSB, who was responsible for the actions of Russian ships during the aggression against Ukrainian vessels; Andrei Shein, the Deputy to the Crimean Frontier Department Chief, the Naval Unit Head of the Russian FSB in Crimea; Aleksei Salyaev, the commander of one of the vessels which took active part in the Kerch Strait aggression; Andrei Shipitsin, the commander of the Izumrud patrol boat which participated in the incident; Aleksei Shatokhin, the Kerch checkpoint Chairman of the Russian FSB; Ruslan Romashkin, responsible for coordinating actions during the aggression in the Kerch Strait; Sergei Shcherbakov, the commander of the Suzdalets antisubmarine boat which participated in the incident; Aleksandr Dvornikov, the Commander of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation.
The names of these Russians are added to the already existing list of individual sanctions imposed by the EU in March 2014 for actions that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Up to day, there were 153 individuals and 40 companies in the list. Sanctions in the form of entry ban and asset freeze against them will be in effect at least for the next six months.