EU slapped sanctions on 26 more Russians

AP , Monday 28 Feb 2022

The European Union has slapped sanctions on 26 more Russians, including oligarchs, senior officials, and an energy insurance company, in response to the country's invasion of Ukraine, bringing the total of people targeted to 680.

Josep Borrell
European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell holds a news conference after Russia s invasion of Ukraine, at the European Council Headquarters, in Brussels on February 28, 2022. AFP

EU headquarters said those listed include ``oligarchs and businessmen active in the oil, banking and finance sectors,'' government officials, top military brass and ``propagandists who contributed to spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda and promote a positive attitude towards the invasion of Ukraine.''

The bloc had already imposed an asset freeze on President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. No travel ban was imposed to allow the two men to take part in any diplomatic efforts, should Russia consider bringing an end to the war on its former Soviet neighbor.

EU sanctions now apply to a total of 680 people and 53 entities, which are usually organizations, agencies, banks, or companies. Gas Industry Insurance Company SOGAZ was listed Monday.

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