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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Canada adds to its Russia targeted sanctions list in line with EU and USA

Canada has imposed asset freezes on 25 Russian individuals and 14 entities pursuant to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations in coordination with the EU and the US “in response to Russia’s aggressive actions in the Black Sea and Kerch Strait and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea”. See Press Release.

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Australia imposes sanctions on Russia in response to Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

Australia has joined the UK, EU, US and Canada in imposing financial sanctions and travel bans against 7 Russian individuals “for their role in the interception and seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels that were attempting to pass through the Kerch Strait” pursuant to the Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011, as amended, and Autonomous Sanctions (Russia, Crimea […]

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OFSI adds 8 Russian individuals to Ukraine sanctions regime

The UK has listed the same 8 individuals sanctioned by the EU today (see previous post) for “undermining or threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” pursuant to Council Regulation (EU) 269/2014, as amended by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/409. For the full list of individuals, please see OFSI Notice.

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OFAC adds 6 individuals and 8 entities to Ukraine/Russia sanctions list

The following individuals and entities have been added to OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals List. Some of the listed individuals were also designated by the EU earlier today (see previous post) as a response to the escalation in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. See OFAC Notice and OFAC Press Release. The individuals: Gennadiy […]

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EU sanctions 8 officials in response to Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

The EU has listed 8 Russian officials as a response to “escalation in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov and the violations of international law by Russia, which used military force with no justification”. The individuals were added to the list targeting those “undermining the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine” (asset […]

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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 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

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Sanctions (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No 2) Regulations 2019