The EU will impose sanctions on for armed aggression against the Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait; eight Russians will be included in the existing list of individual sanctions imposed by the organization in March 2014 for actions which damage or threaten Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence, as Pravda reported.
“The list of the individuals will be added to the existing list of those who undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The decision will be made till the end of this week,” the resource informed.
According to the new agency, Stankevich, Shein, Basov, Salyayev, Shypitsyn, Shatohyn, Romashkin, and Shcherbakov are on the list.
These sanctions imply a ban on entry and assets freeze. There are 153 people and 40 companies in the list, the sanctions expire on March 15. The EU extends this sanctions package every three years.
On November 25, 2018, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow; 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest ended up at the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
On December 3, 2018, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.
Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.