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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Russia renews import ban

Russia has renewed until 31 December 2022 its import ban on agricultural products, raw materials and food, (including beef, pork, fruit, vegetables, fish and dairy products) from the US, EU, UK, Canada, Australia, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Lichtenstein, pursuant to Decree No. 534. The ban was initially imposed on 6 August 2014 in response to western sanctions on …

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4 religious organisations listed as “undesirable” by Russia

The Russian Prosecutor General’s office has announced the designation of the following religious organisations as “undesirable organisations”: New Generation International Christian Movement (Latvia); New Generation Evangelical Christian Church (Latvia); New Generation Spiritual Directorate of the Evangelist Christians (Ukraine); and New Generation International Biblical College Spiritual Educational Institution (Ukraine). Pursuant to Federal Law of 23.05.2015 N 129-FZ, the organisations may be …


2020 listings of 3 Ukrainian former officials annulled

The EU General Court has annulled the 2020 acts designating Sergej Arbuzov, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine (T-267/20), Viktor Pshonka, former Prosecutor General (T-269/20), and his son Artem Pshonka (T-268/20). The General Court previously annulled their 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 designations (see post and post). Viktor Pshonka and Artem Pshonka remain subject to EU sanctions as they were re-listed on …


Sanctions against former President Yanukovych and son annulled

The sanctions imposed in 2019 on former President of Ukraine Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych (T-303/19) and his son, Oleksandr Viktorovych Yanukovych (T-302/19), have been annulled by the EU General Court. They have been included since 2014 on the EU’s Ukraine sanctions regime, which lists people on the basis that they are “subject to criminal proceedings in Ukraine in connection with the …


US national sentenced over unlawful exports to Ukraine

Gene Shilman of New Jersey, US, has been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA). Between May 2014 and October 2018, Shilman exported firearms, defence articles and dual-use items subject to the …


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 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