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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EU General Court annuls former Ukrainian PM’s 2019 listing

The EU General Court has annulled the 2019 acts designating Mykola Azarov, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine (T-286/19, 16 December 2020). Mr Azarov is now longer subject to EU sanctions after his delisting in March 2020 (see post). Mr Azarov’s 2018 listing was annulled by the General Court (T-286/18, see post), as was his 2015 listing by the European …


Chicago businessman charged with violating Ukraine export controls

An indictment has been returned in a US federal court in Chicago charging US national Glenn Stepul with conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). He is alleged to have conspired to export gun parts, rifle scopes, and other defence articles, such as night-vision cameras, from the US to a …


EU General Court annuls 2019 listings of 3 Ukrainian former officials

The EU General Court has annulled the 2019 acts designating Sergej Arbuzov, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine (T-289/19), Victor Pshonka, former Prosecutor General (T-291/19), and his son Artem Pshonka (T-292/19). The General Court annulled their March 2018 to 2019 designations in July 2019 (see post). All remain on the EU’s sanctions list, because their designations were renewed in March …


EU renews Ukraine/Russia sanctions for 6 months

The EU Council has renewed sanctions for 6 months until 15 March 2021 targeting people and entities that continue to undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The measures, which comprise travel restrictions and asset freezing measures, will continue to apply to 175 people and 44 entities. See Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1267 and Council Decision …

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OFAC agrees $583k settlement with Deutsche Bank US

OFAC has announced 2 settlements with Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (DBTCA) totalling $583,100, which resolve investigations into violations of Ukraine Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 589 (URSR), and Executive Order 13685. See Notice and web notice. Settlement 1 DBTCA has agreed to pay $157,500 for processing a large payment ($28.8 million) through the US financial system which related 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 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