The European Union has added another eight Russian citizens to EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans, accusing them of benefiting from decisions made by Russian officials, who the EU believes are responsible for destabilizing the situation in Ukraine's eastern regions and the illegal reconnection of Crimea.
The sanctions, enacted on Wednesday, July 30, after their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, are targeting Russian presidential administration first deputy head Alexei Gromov, as well as businessmen Arkady Rotenberg, Yury Kovalchuk and Nikolai Shamalov.
Other persons added to the EU's list include businessman Konstantin Malofeyev, Crimean Interior Minister Sergei Ibisov, the parliament speaker of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" Boris Litvinov, and a spokesperson for the self-proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic", Oksana Chigrina.
Businesses now facing EU sanctions include Russian National Commercial Bank, Russia's weapons producer Almaz-Antey and the Dobrolet air carrier.
Furthermore, new restrictive measures have been imposed on trade and investment in Crimea and Sevastopol.
A total of 95 people and 23 entities have now been hit by EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans.
In a separate development, the G7 group of economic powers issued a statement on July 30, saying that Russia could face further economic sanctions over the current situation in Ukraine.
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