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Published in Stream:
Day 746: March 4, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
EU Extends Sanctions Against Former Ukrainian Leaders for Another Year
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The EU has now approved the extension of sanctions against prominent Ukrainian leaders who played key roles during the crackdown on pro-EU protesters and who removed Ukrainian state property when the Yanukovych government fled the country: 

Wednesday, EU diplomats agreed on the sanctions extension, and the European Council approved that decision today. RFE/RL reports that one name has been removed from the list:

Other prominent figures on the EU blacklist for the alleged misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds include two former prime ministers, Mykola Azarov and Serhiy Arbuzov, and the former head of Yanukovych's presidential administration, Andriy Kliuiev.

EU officials say Ukraine's former Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova was removed from the blacklist because she has returned stolen assets to the Ukrainian authorities.

This week the White House has also extended US sanctions against former Ukrainian officials and also prominent Russians connected to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the war in the Donbass. The executive orders passed are, according to the official White House statement, a response "to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of persons that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets."

-- James Miller