As per a recent request from the EU Council,1 the EU has extended its sanctions in relation to Ukraine by adding 13 persons and five organizations to the asset freeze list based on their involvement in recent elections in the so- called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’ and ‘Donetsk People's Republic’.

On 29 November 2014, Regulation 1270/2014 was adopted and published by the EU,2 adding another 13 persons considered separatists in Eastern Ukraine to the list of parties subject to an asset freeze and visa ban.3  In addition, five public organizations deemed involved in action against Ukraine’s territorial integrity have been added to the asset freeze list.4

The newly-added designated parties (and the reasoning given for them being sanctioned) effective 29 November 2014 are:

Individuals

  1. Serhiy KOZYAKOV (responsible for organising the so-called ‘elections’ of 2 November 2014 in the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’ in his capacity as ‘Head of the Luhansk Central Election Commission’)
  2. Oleg AKIMOV (Deputy of the ‘Luhansk Economic Union’ in the ‘National Council’ of the ‘Luhansk People's Republic’)
  3. Larisa AIRAPETYAN (‘Health Minister’ of the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’)
  4. Yuriy SIVOKONENKO (Member of the ‘Parliament’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk People's Republic’ and working in the Union of veterans of the Donbass Berkut)
  5. Aleksandr KOFMAN (‘First deputy speaker’ of the ‘Parliament’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk People's Republic’)
  6. Ravil KHALIKOV (‘First Deputy Prime Minister’ and previous ‘Prosecutor- General’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk People's Republic’)
  7. Dmitry SEMYONOV (‘Deputy Prime Minster for Finances’ of the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’)
  8. Oleg BUGROV (‘Defense Minister’ of the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’)
  9. Lesya LAPTEVA (‘Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Religion’ of the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’)
  10. Yevgeniy Eduardovich MIKHAYLOV (‘Head of the administration for governmental affairs’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk People's Republic’)
  11. Ihor Vladymyrovych KOSTENOK (‘Minister of Education’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk People's Republic’)
  12. Yevgeniy Vyacheslavovich ORLOV (Member of the ‘National Council’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk's People's Republic’)
  13. Vladyslav Nykolayevych DEYNEGO (Deputy Head’ of the ‘People's Council’ of the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’)

Organizations

  1. Donetsk Republic (Public ‘organisation’ that presented candidates in the so- called ‘elections’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk People's Republic’ on 2 November 2014)
  2. Peace to Luhansk Region (Public ‘organisation’ that presented candidates in the so-called ‘elections’ of the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’ on 2 November 2014)
  3. Free Donbass (Public ‘organisation’ that presented candidates in the so-called ‘elections’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk People's Republic’ on 2 November 2014)
  4. People's Union (Public ‘organisation’ that presented candidates in the so- called ‘elections’ of the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’ on 2 November 2014)
  5. Luhansk Economic Union (‘Social organisation’ that presented candidates in the illegal so-called ‘elections’ of the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’ on 2 November 2014)

Under the asset freeze, all funds and economic resources belonging to or controlled by the listed parties that fall under EU jurisdiction (e.g., are held by  EU banks) will be frozen. Furthermore, no funds or economic resources (in the broad sense) may be made available – directly or indirectly – to or for the benefit of the listed persons by parties falling under EU jurisdiction.5