‘Following the organisation by the Russian Federation of gubernatorial elections in the illegally annexed city of Sevastopol on 10 September 2017, the Council considers that one person should be added to the list of persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures as set out in the Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 269/2014’, the message said.
It is noted that Ovsyannikov is banned for the entry to the EU and the access to EU bank system was closed to him. It is also pointed that he was elected to the position of the governor on 10 September 2017.
Moreover, the EU claimed that Ovsyannikov publicly claimed about the support of the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia appointed Sergy Menyailo, the former governor of Sevastopol to the position of the official representative in Siberia Federal District. Later, Putin appointed Dmytro Ovsyannikov to the position of the governor of Sevastopol.
Dmytro Belotserkovets, the Ukrainian MP appealed to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea with a request to investigate the holding of the elections in occupied Crimea. Later the Prosecutor’s Office opened a criminal proceeding on the illegal elections of the governor of Sevastopol.
Earlier Foreign Ministry of Ukraine urged the international community to not recognize the results of the elections organized by the Russian authorities in Crimea and strengthen the sanctions against Russia.