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 renews 8 designations & delists 2 from Ukraine misappropriation sanctions

The EU Council has adopted Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/391 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/394, which renews its sanctions (asset freezing measures) for 1 year until 6 March 2022 in respect of 7 former officials of Ukraine identified as responsible for misappropriating state funds. However, the designation of Oleksandr Viktorovych Klymenko has been renewed for 6 months.  Mr Klymenko’s listing …


Russia designates 9 Ukrainian companies

The Russian government has published the Decree of 11 February 2021 No. 153, which adds 9 Ukrainian companies to its list of those subject to “special economic measures” in connection with “unfriendly actions” of Ukraine. The companies include towage firm Donmar LLC, Kranship LLC, a vessel maker, Transship LLC, a cargo operator, and metal producer Maxima Metal. The reasons for …


EU court annuls 2020 Ukraine listing of Oleksandr Klymenko

The General Court of the EU has annulled for the fourth time Oleksandr Klymenko’s EU sanctions listing. The judgment is T-258/20 (3 February 2021). In June 2020, the court annulled his 2019 designation – T-295/19 (25 June 2020), see post.  The EU’s Ukraine sanctions are on those said to have misappropriated state funds. All EU judgments on that regime are here. …


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 …


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