The foreign ministers of the EU countries approved visa bans and asset freezes on nine persons responsible for organizing the "elections" in Ukraine's occupied eastern regions last November.
U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says the U.S. and European countries may beef up sanctions against Russia or impose additional ones over captured Ukrainian sailors and seizure of vessels.
The European Union harshly criticized the Russian authorities for the sanctions they imposed against Ukrainian individuals and entities.
Ukraine’s chief prosecutor, Yurii Lutsenko, reports 3,000 tons of steel products manufactured in the city of Alchevsk located in the occupied part of the Luhansk region being confiscated in the port of Mariupol.
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) does not expect the sanctions imposed by the Russian Federation to have considerable impact on the country's macroeconomic stability.
A decree imposing "special economic measures" on 322 Ukrainian nationals and 68 Ukrainian companies was signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.