BRUSSELS — The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new targets of 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.
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 Putin.
Russia's Foreign Ministry protested that the EU moves show "a complete misunderstanding of the political situation in this country and 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 list:
- Dmitry Kozak, Russia's deputy prime minister said by the EU to be "responsible for overseeing the integration of the annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation."
- Oleg Belaventsev, plenipotentiary representative in Crimea of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Oleg Savelyev, Russian 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 initiating legislation integrate Crimea into the Russian Federation.
- Sergei Neverov, deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma, also "responsible for initiating legislation to integrate Crimea.
- German Prokopiv, identified as "active leader of the 'Lugansk Guard.'" Said to have taken part in the seizure of the Luhansk regional office of the Ukrainian Security Service and recorded a video address to Putin and Russia from the occupied building.
- Valeriy Bolotov, a retired military officer identified as one of the leaders of the "Army of the South-East" which occupied the Security Service building in Luhansk.
- Andriy Purgin, head of the separatist "Donetsk Republic" in eastern Ukraine, active organizer of separatist actions.
- Denys Pushylin, another leader of the "Donetsk Republic." Reportedly participated in the seizure and occupation of the regional administration building. Spokesperson for the separatists.
- Tsyplakov Gennadevich, identified by the EU as one of the leaders of the "ideologically radical organization People's Militia of Donbas" who were involved in seizing several state buildings in Donetsk region.
Igor Strelkov, said to be on the staff of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. Reportedly involved in incidents in Slovyansk, he is also an assistant on security issues to Sergey Aksyonov, the prime minister of Russian-annexed Crimea.