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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European Court annuls another Ukraine listing: Klymenko v Council

As previously reported, the General Court of the EU has decided that a number of the individual listings on the EU’s Ukraine sanctions list (which targets those said to be responsible for the “misappropriation of State funds”) are unlawful because the EU has not properly verified whether the decisions of the Ukrainian authorities leading to the allegations contained insufficient information …


EU extends Ukraine & Russia sanctions & delists 2 former officials

Ukraine Misappropriation sanctions The EU Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) has decided to extend sanctions (asset freezes) for 1 year until 6 March 2021 which target former PM Viktor Yanukovych and 9 others identified as responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian State funds. However, COREPER have decided not to renew the designations of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykola Yanovych …

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Swiss Court maintains sanctions on Ukrainian de-listed by the EU

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has dismissed a delisting request from Swiss sanctions by Yuriy Ivanyushchenko, a former Ukrainian parliamentarian whose assets have been frozen since 2016 when he became the subject of criminal proceedings for the misappropriation of state funds – 2C_572/2019 (11 March 2020). Press release here. The EU annulled Ivanyushchenko’s listing in 2017 because it was based …


OFAC extends GAZ Group general licences

OFAC has extended 2 general licences relating to the GAZ Group, the Russian automotive company designated under Ukraine/Russia sanctions, until 22 July 2020. General Licence 13N and General Licence 15H replace and supersede 13M and 15G in their entirety. 13N authorises all transactions and activities otherwise prohibited that are ordinarily incident and necessary to divest or transfer debt, equity or …

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US renews Zimbabwe & Venezuela sanctions for a year

The US has renewed its sanctions on Zimbabwe for 1 year by extending the national emergency as declared in Executive Order (E.O.) 13288. The White House Notice says that the Zimbabwean individuals designated under this E.O. (as amended) will continue to be subject to asset freezing measures due to an “accelerat[ion in] its persecution of critics and economic mismanagement in …

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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

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