EU Extends Sanctions on Russian Officials, Ukraine Separatists

European Union governments agreed on a six-month extension of asset freezes and travel bans on Russians and Ukrainians accused of backing the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine.

The curbs on 149 people and 37 organizations were extended until March 15, 2016, the EU said in an e-mailed statement on Monday. The curbs had been set to lapse on Tuesday.

“The assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the regime of sanctions nor in the list of persons and entities under restrictive measures,” according to the statement. One deceased person was taken off the list.

Separate sanctions on trade and investment with Russia run until the end of January.

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