Brussels’ backtracking on Ukraine list shows faults in EU sanctions policy

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A forest fire spreads across a field in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, near Chernobyl city, Ukraine, 28 April 2015.

Brussels’ backtracking on Ukraine list shows faults in EU sanctions policy


In March 2014, as a shaky interim government took control in Kiev and President Vladimir Putin signed a bill paving the way for the Russian Federation to annex the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Council of the European Union promptly imposed sanctions on 18 Ukrainian individuals “identified as responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian State funds and […] human rights violations”. Primarily comprised of allies to recently ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, t...


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