Construction of the Kerch Bridge connecting the illegally annexed Crimea to Russia

Construction of the Kerch Bridge connecting the illegally annexed Crimea to Russia

Construction of the Kerch Bridge connecting the illegally annexed Crimea to Russia

The FINANCIAL -- The Council of the EU announced it had added six entities to the list of those subject to restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

“They are listed because of their involvement in the construction of the Kerch Bridge, connecting Russia to the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula,” stated the EU in a press release. “Through their actions they supported the consolidation of Russia's control over the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula, which in turn further undermines the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”

According to the EU, the measures consist of an asset freeze, meaning that all of the assets in the EU belonging to these entities are frozen and EU persons and entities cannot make any funds available to them.

The decision brings the total number of entities listed by the EU to 44. In addition, the EU imposed a travel ban and an asset freeze on 155 individuals under this sanctions regime. The legal acts, including the names of the persons concerned, are available in the EU Official Journal of 31 July 2018.