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EU okays 13th round of Russia sanctions

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European Union (EU) members approved a 13th package of Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, banning nearly 200 entities and individual­s accused of helping Moscow procure weapons or of involvemen­t in kidnapping Ukrainian children.

“EU Ambassador­s just agreed in principle on a 13th package of sanctions in the framework of Russia's aggression against Ukraine,” Belgium, which holds the rotating EU presidency, said on X, calling it “one of the broadest approved by the EU”. The new package will see 193 entities and individual­s added to the list of those banned from travelling to the EU or doing business there, but no fresh measures against specific economic sectors, EU diplomatic sources said. The sources said the focus of the listings is roughly split between entities and individual­s that are part of Russia's military industrial complex and those involved in traffickin­g and kidnapping Ukrainian children. One North Korean and one Belarusian firm were also added, the sources said. The chief prosecutor of the Internatio­nal Criminal Court said last March that Russia had transferre­d “at least hundreds” of children from orphanages and care homes in occupied regions of Ukraine, and “many” have been given up for adoption.

The ICC indicted officials including President Vladimir Putin for abducting Ukrainian children, which it called a war crime. Moscow denies any crime and says it has taken in children from the war zone to protect them. Ukraine says Russia has removed more than 4,000 children. The new measures also focus on the procuremen­t network supporting Russia’s military. Twenty-seven companies were added to the Annex IV list, which means European firms cannot sell dual-use goods to them. The companies added are mostly Russian and include three mainland Chinese firms and one Hong Kong-based company.

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