Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has added 382 people and around 100 entities to Ukraine’s targeted sanctions against persons said to be responsible for the uprising in the east of Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. President Poroshenko stated that the new listings are in response to pro-Russian separatists, led by Alexander Zakharchenko, announcing that local elections would be held in the Donetsk region of Ukraine on 18 October, which the President described as “fake” and a “great danger”. The neighbouring region of Lugansk is due to hold local elections on 1 November, and both dates conflict with the Ukrainian government’s own plan to hold local elections on 25 October.
Among those newly listed by Ukraine are Russia’s Defence Minister, the Speaker of the Russian Parliament, pro-Russian “separatist” leaders in Ukraine, and a number of major Russian companies such as Kaspersky Labs and Gazprombank. Also listed originally were 6 Western journalists, including 3 BBC reporters working in Russia and 2 Spanish reporters believed to have been kidnapped in Syria, whose names have now been removed from the new list. EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn expressed his concern at the listing of journalists, stating that it was “not European in spirit”, though 28 journalists and 7 bloggers are still targeted under the new listings.
The full list of people and entities is here.