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EU targets 19, including 5 Russians, with new sanctions

EU targets 19 individuals, including 5 Russians, with new sanctions linked to Ukraine fighting

EU targets 19, including 5 Russians, with new sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is targeting 19 individuals linked to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, including five Russians, in a new list of sanctions set for approval on Monday.

Diplomats said Friday that a meeting of EU foreign ministers only needs to rubberstamp the list, barring a major breakthrough on the diplomatic front over the weekend. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later Friday, a day after discussing their proposals with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

One diplomat said the five Russians include members of parliaments and officials of the defense ministry.

The EU now has visa bans and asset freezes on 132 individuals and 28 entities.

Updated : 2021-09-29 02:51 GMT+08:00