BRUSSELS ( Associated Press) – The European Union said Friday that its latest series of sanctions targets Russia’s military industry as well as individuals and groups who attack Ukrainian citizens or abduct children.
European Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said the package would cover 168 “entities” – companies or state organizations – linked to the arms industry.
“This will ensure that chemicals, nerve agents, radio-navigation equipment, electronics and computing that could be used by the Russian war machine cannot be freely traded,” said the EU Council, which is a member represents the states.
“To prevent them from circumventing the measures, some entities located in illegally annexed (territories) of Crimea or Sevastopol have been included in the list,” it said in a statement.
European Union leaders on Thursday approved a ninth package of punitive measures against Russia over the war in Ukraine and formally approved it in writing on Friday.
“After food and famine, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin uses winter as a weapon, deliberately depriving millions of Ukrainians of water, electricity and heating,” said the bloc’s diplomacy chief Josep Borrell. “We will continue to target the economy and those responsible for this brutal war.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the package would “further derail the Russian economy and its war machine.”
Von der Leyen said the targets of the new sanctions are “approximately 2,000 individuals and entities involved in attacks on civilians and the kidnapping of children.” An Associated Press investigation has shown that Russia’s efforts to adopt children from Ukraine and raise them as Russians are on the right track and one of the most explosive aspects of the war.
The details of the halving package will become known after the block is published in the official registry.
The ban on exports related to aviation and space industry will be expanded to include aircraft engines and their components from both manned and unmanned aircraft.
“This means that from now on there will be a ban on the direct export of drone engines to Russia and any third country that may supply drones to Russia,” the council said.