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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2 more Ukraine misappropriation listings annulled

The EU  General Court has annulled the 2018 designations of Oleksandr Viktorovych Yanukovych (T-301/18, 24 September 2019) and Oleksandr Viktorovych Klymenko (C-11/18, 26 September 2019). The court followed the ECJ’s judgment in Azarov v Council (C-530/17, 19 December 2018, see post), where “it was in no way apparent from the statement of reasons for those […]


Another Azarov judgment from EU court on proper approach to Ukraine misappropriation sanctions

The General Court has annulled the 2018 acts listing the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Yanovych Azarov on the EU’s Ukraine misappropriation sanctions. Case T-286/18 (11 September 2019). Mr Azarov’s 2015 listing was annulled by EU Court of Justice (C-530/17, see post), but not his 2016 (T-190/16, see post) or 2017 (T-215/15, see post) re-listings. […]


Third countries align with EU restrictive measures concerning the Maldives, Ukraine and Crimea

In June 2019, the EU adopted the following measures: Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/993, repealing Decision 2018/1006/CFSP, which revoked the EU’s sanctions regime in the Maldives; Council Decision 2019/1108, which prolonged sectoral sanctions against Russia for 6 months; and Council Decision 2019/1018, which extended existing sanctions against Russia for 1 year in response to the annexation […]

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EU General Court annuls listings of 7 Ukrainians

The EU General Court has annulled the acts designating: Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, former President; and his son, Oleksandr Viktorovych Yanukovych (T-244/16 & T-285/17) from March 2016 – March 2018; and, from March 2018 – March 2019: Oleksandr Klymenko, former Minister of Revenue and Duties (T-274/18); Sergej Arbuzov, former Prime Minister (T-284/18); Viktor Pshonka, former Prosecutor […]


OFAC issues amended Venezuela & Ukraine general licences

Venezuela General Licence 13B “authorising certain activities involving Nynas AB” has been issued to replace and supersede General Licence 13A. General Licence 13B extends the expiry of the licence to 25 October 2019. Ukraine OFAC has extended the expiry date to of 2 general licences relating to the GAZ Group to 8 November 2019: General […]

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Current Sanctions


Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1405

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1403


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 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

The Ukraine (European Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/507)