European Union imposes sanctions against Russians involved in capture of Ukrainian sailors

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The U.S. Treasury said it targeted four members of Russia's Federal Security Services for their involvement in the naval clash in the Kerch Strait linking the Black and Avov seas near Crimea, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement.

We, with our worldwide partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia's ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

European lawmakers also did not shy away from noting that the construction of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline project to carry gas from Russia to Germany underneath the Baltic Sea - which has caused a serious rift in the EU's trans-Atlantic relations with the United States - needs to be stopped as it reinforces Europe's dependency on Russian gas supplies and "threatens the EU internal market" as it is not in line with the Brussels' energy policy or the EU's strategic interests. The 24 Ukrainian sailors are still being held by Moscow.

"Canada and its allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said.

The six defense firms were targeted over their operations in Russian-annexed Crimea, where the United States says several "misappropriated Ukrainian state assets to provide services to the Russian military".

Canada is also sanctioning a number of individuals and entities responsible for the illegal invasion and ongoing occupation of Crimea and the destabilization of eastern Ukraine. Russian Federation must allow free and unhindered passage of Ukrainian and global ships through the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.

New companies on the US sanctions list are the following: Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant, Zelenodolsk Shipyard Plant named after A.M. Gorky, AO Kontsern Okeanpribor (Okeanpribor), PAO Zvezda (Zvezda), AO Zavod Fiolent (Fiolent), GUP RK KTB Sudokompozit (Sudokompozit), LLC SK Consol-Stroi LTD, and LLC Novye Proekty.

The Council today added eight Russian officials to the list of those subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

Russia responded by occupying Ukraine's southern Crimean Peninsula and helping separatists in eastern Ukrainian provinces close to the Russian border begin a violent rebellion.

In a legal filing, Deripaska asked the US District Court in Washington to block the US Treasury Department from using the "devastating power" of such economic sanctions.

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