During the past month, fighting has continued unabated in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russia separatists. After a failed attempt at a cease fire, President Petro Poroshenko ordered new offensive operations against the rebels on June 30th. EU leaders have maintained pressure on President Vladimir Putin of Russia to stop the flow of arms coming across the border and to use his influence in ending the violence. Threats of sectoral sanctions were made by the EU on June 27th, if Russia did not take sufficient action by the 30th. EU officials on July 1st felt Russia's progress had been "mixed" and that more time was needed to monitor developments.
In June, the United States, Canada, and Australia all issued additional designations in response to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine.
The U.S. added seven individuals to its sanctions list on June 20th for their roles in threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Only one of the seven had not been previously sanctioned by the EU, Switzerland, and/or Canada. U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen described the individuals as having "…contributed to attempts to illegally undermine the legitimate government in Kyiv, notably by falsely proclaiming leadership positions and fomenting violent unrest."
The new designee is Valery Vladimirovich KAUROV. He is the self-described "president of Novorossiya" and has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to deploy troops to the territory described as Novorossiya. Kaurov has supported separatist activities in Ukraine's Donetsk and Lugansk territories.
On 21 June 2014, Canada released an update to its sanctions list. 11 new individuals were added, plus one new entity. All 12 have been previously sanctioned by the EU or United States.
After having announced financial sanctions and travel bans on March 19th and again on May 21st, the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs finally published the list of names and companies targeted on June 19th. 50 individuals and 11 entities were listed for their involvement in the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. All have been previously sanctioned by one or more other countries.