Russia announced the names of Ukrainian companies and individuals who have been included to the expanded sanctions list. The full list is available on the Russian government's website.
Now, special economic sanctions are applied to 567 individuals and 75 companies.
Thus, on December 25, Russia added 245 new persons and 7 companies to the sanctions list.
The list included the "Ukroboronprom" concern, the "Ukrspetsexport" enterprise and the public joint-stock company "Centrenergo".
Almong those sanctioned are the mayor of Odesa Hennadiy Trukhanov, Minister for Veterans Affairs Irina Fryz, MP from the Samopomich party Olena Sotnyk, MP from the Opposition Bloc Olexander Vilkul, and the First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Serhiy Yarovyi.
The list also included another two MPs from the Opposition Bloc, Vadym Novinsky and Borys Kolesnikov.
As reported, earlier the head of the Russian government Dmitry Medvedev tweeted that he had signed a government decree, expanding the lists of individuals and legal entities, against which sanctions would be applied - 'due to Kyiv’s unfriendly actions against Russian citizens and legal entities'.
At the same time, Medvedev stressed that the decision was taken "to protect the interests of the Russian state, companies and citizens of Russia."
As we reported earlier, on November 1, 2018, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree, which introduces sanctions against 322 Ukrainian citizens and 68 companies. In particular, sanctions were imposed against Ukraine’s Internal Minister Arsen Avakov, Acting Health Minister Ulyana Suprun and Culture Minister Yevgen Nyshchuk, Minister of Education Liliya Grynevych, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan, Ecology Minister Ostap Semerak, Information Policy Minister Yuriy Stets, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, Deputy Defence Minister for European integration Anatoliy Petrenko and Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
The sanctions include the blocking of non-cash money, non-documentary securities and property in Russia and the ban on the withdrawal of the capital from Russia.
The Russian side also stated that the restrictions could be lifted if Ukraine lifted sanctions against Russian citizens and legal entities that were imposed by the National Security Council on September 2, 2015.