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E.U. names 15 new targets for sanctions

Includes head of Russian general staff

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    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 file photo Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak speaks during a news conference in Sochi, Russia. The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Monday, April 28, 2014, designated seven Russian government officials, including two key members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle, and 17 entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13661. E.O. 13661 authorizes sanctions on, among others, officials of the Russian Government and any individual or entity that is owned or controlled by, that has acted for or on behalf of, or that has provided material or other support to, a senior Russian government official. Kozak is on the list.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)


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    This image taken from Associated Press video shows Igor Strelkov, military commander of pro-Russian militias in Slovyansk talking to journalists in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Strelkov has been identified as a Russian security services operative by Ukraine's government. In what appeared to be a closely vetted interview to Russian media, Strelkov did not directly deny the accusation, saying the uprising in Ukraine was being carried out by opponents of the "Kiev junta" — language similar in tone to that adopted by the Kremlin leadership. (AP Photo/Associated Press Video)


BRUSSELS — The European Union today released the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

The list includes Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff and first deputy defense minister, and Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun, identified as head of GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

The decision taken by the EU governments’ ambassadors in Brussels brings the total number of Russians or pro-Russian individuals in Ukraine targeted by the EU’s sanctions to 48. Any bank accounts or other economic assets the sanctioned individuals hold in EU member countries are now supposed to be frozen, and they will no longer be allowed to travel to the EU’s 28 member states.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions to include seven Russian government officials and 17 companies with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry protested that the EU action shows “a complete misunderstanding of the political situation” in Ukraine, and called it “an open invitation to local neo-Nazis to continue creating lawlessness and extrajudicial killings against the civilian population of the southeast.”

Others on the new EU list:

—Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who was appointed by Putin to manage the integration of Crimea into Russia.

—Oleg Belaventsev, Putin’s plenipotentiary representative in Crimea.

—Oleg Savelyev, Russia’s minister for Crimean affairs.

—Sergei Menyailo, acting governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

—Olga Kovatidi, member of the Russian Federation Council for Crimea.

—Ludmila Shvetsova, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, said to be responsible for introducing legislation to annex Crimea, according to the EU’s Official Journal, which published the list.

—Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also said to be “responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.”

—German Prokopiv, a leader of the pro-Russian insurgency in Luhansk who took part in the seizure of the regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service.

—Valeriy Bolotov, another leader of pro-Russian forces in Luhansk.

—Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist “Donetsk Republic” in eastern Ukraine and an active organizer of separatist actions.

—Denys Pushylin, another leader of the “Donetsk Republic,” who participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Also a spokesman for the insurgents.

—Sergei Tsyplakov, one of the leaders of the People’s Militia of Donbas, a group involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.

—Igor Strelkov, said by the EU’s Official Journal to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. He is believed to have coordinated several of the armed pro-Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, and to be an assistant on security matters to Sergey Aksyonov, prime minister of Russian-annexed Crimea.

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