By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Ukraine

At a glance

EU sanctions relating to Ukraine were first introduced in 2014, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The EU divides its sanctions imposed in relation to the Ukraine crisis into four separate regimes, three of which target Russia and its supporters and one of which chiefly targets ex-Ukrainian government officials, imposing asset freezes on people deemed responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds or human rights violations (Council Regulation (EU) 208/2014 & Council Decision 2014/119/CFSP).

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US authorises first transfer of seized Russian assets to Ukraine

The US Attorney General, Merrick Garland, has announced that $5.4 million forfeit from US sanctioned Konstantin Malofeyev will be transferred directly to Ukraine.  It is unclear exactly how the assets will be used, but the state department has indicated that the proceeds will be used to “help rebuild Ukraine”. The US court granted the forfeiture order in February 2023, following …

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EU General Court rejects Oleksandr Klymenko’s damages claim

The General Court has rejected a claim by Oleksandr Klymenko, the former Ukrainian Minister of Revenues and Duties, for €50,000 in reputational damages and €2,000,000 plus €500 per month in damages arising from his listings from 2015 to 2021 on the EU’s Ukraine misappropriation of state funds regime. The judgment is here – T-470/21. All his listings 2014 – 2021 …


Ukraine adds 198 people & 1 entity to sanctions list

Yesterday (15 January 2023), Ukrainian President Zelenskyy signed a decree to impose sanctions on 198 Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian citizens for their alleged involvement in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Those designated face a number of personal restrictions, including assets freezes, restrictions on the withdrawal of capital from Ukraine, travel bans and the cancellation of visas, trade restrictions and a suspension …

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EU removes Yanukovych & others from Ukraine misappropriation sanctions

The EU has renewed its Ukraine sanctions regime (for the misappropriation of state funds) until 6 March 2023. It has not renewed the listings of the following people, which expired on 6 September 2022: former President Yanukovych and his son. They are both now designated on EU’s Russia sanctions regime since August 2022 (post). Their Ukraine misappropriation listings were annulled …


Canada imposes Russia, Belarus & Ukraine sanctions

On 27 June 2022, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced further sanctions under its Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sanctions regimes. Amending Regulations, Regulations & Regulations. The measures include: A ban on the export to Russia of certain advanced technologies that could improve Russia’s domestic defence manufacturing capability, including quantum computers and advanced manufacturing equipment. A ban on the export to …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 208/2014

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 208/2014

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 381/2014

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/138

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/357

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/869

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1777

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/311

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/374

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/326

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/352

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1403

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/370

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/391

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2152

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/375

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1501

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/449


Council Decision 2014/119/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2014/119/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision 2014/216/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/143

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/364

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/876

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1781

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/318

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/381

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/333

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/354

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1405

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/373

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/376

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1507

Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/457

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