On 5 March 2015, the EU extended the duration of existing sanctions against eighteen individuals pursuant to Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/357 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/364, which amend Council Regulation (EU) No 208/2014 and Council Decision 2014/119/CFSP. In a statement, the European Council said the measures consist in “an asset freeze on persons subject to initial investigations on the embezzlement of Ukrainian state funds”, which include Viktor Yanukovych, the former president. The asset freezes are extended by one year for 14 of the individuals and by three months for the remaining four individuals.