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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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 …


Texan company fined $55k for exporting rifle scopes to Russia & Ukraine

On 17 May 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security issued an order stating that TeleDynamics LLP of Austin, Texas had agreed to pay $55,000 to settle allegations that it had caused, aided, or abetted violations of US export controls in respect of Russia and Ukraine. On 10 occasions in 2014, TeleDynamics forwarded rifle scopes, which were valued at $1,047, …

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6 sanctions regimes renewed & third countries align with 6 EU regimes

Over the past month, multiple sanctions regimes have been renewed around the world: The US renewed its regimes in respect of Iraq, Syria and the Central African Republic for 1 year by continuing the national emergencies as declared; The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2571 (2021) to renew the embargo on illicit petroleum exports from Libya, and the mandate of …

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New UK corruption sanctions regime

Today (26 April 2021), the UK introduced a new global anti-corruption sanctions regime, and has imposed these sanctions on 22 people whom Government has reasonable grounds to suspect have been involved in serious corruption.  Under the new Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/488), they will be subject to an asset freeze and travel ban. The press release states that …

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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 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