"The Council has prolonged the restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months, until 15 March 2019," the EU Council press office said in a statement, Censor.NET reports.
The measures consist of asset freezes and travel restrictions which are currently applied to 155 persons and 44 entities.
"An assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime. The relevant information and statement of reasons for the listing of these persons and entities were updated as necessary. The legal acts were adopted by the Council by written procedure. They will be available in the EU Official Journal of 14 September 2018," the satement reads.
Other EU measures in place in response to the Ukraine crisis include economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy (currently in place until Jan. 31, 2019) and restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol (currently in place until June 23, 2019).
These sanctions were first imposed in March 2014 and have been renewed every six months since then.