EU imposes sanctions against Ukrainian officials


Protesters stand on the barricade during clashes with police in central Kiev.

Protesters stand on the barricade during clashes with police in central Kiev.

BRUSSELS: A diplomat has said that the EU’s foreign ministers have decided to impose sanctions against officials in Ukraine who were held responsible for the violence there.

The diplomat said the sanctions the ministers unanimously approved on Thursday include a travel ban to the 28-nation bloc and freezing the officials’ assets in the EU countries.

The measures are targeted at Ukrainian officials blamed for human rights violations that have occurred during the crackdown on the anti-government protests in Ukraine.

The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity before an official announcement, said the list of names which officials will be targeted has yet to be established.

Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore confirmed the decision.

The diplomat also said that ministers agreed that the scope of the sanctions will be adjusted according to the developments in Ukraine.

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