12:01 Jun. 19, 2016
Banned European exports target Crimea's transport, telecommunications and energy sectors
The European Union on Saturday published details of its decision extending sanctions against Russia for its 2014 takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, saying it continues to oppose the "illegal annexation ... and does not recognize it."
The extended penalties include asset freezes and visa bans against nearly 150 Russians and 37 entities that the E.U.'s statement described as "responsible for action against Ukraine's territorial integrity."
An official E.U. journal said the penalties include bans on a range of imports and products produced in Crimea and the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. They will remain in effect until June 23, 2017.