Ahead of Blacklist, EU Orders Asset Freezes for Ukrainian Human Rights Violators

By Brian Monroe

The European Union agreed Thursday to impose financial sanctions against Ukrainians linked to a violent crackdown on protestors that has resulted in the deaths of at least 75 people since Tuesday. In a statement, the Council of the European Union condemned the attacks and said it had become a "matter of urgency to introduce targeted sanctions, including asset freeze[s] and visa ban[s], against those responsible for human rights violations, violence and excessive use of force." The 28-member bloc agreed to suspend export licenses for equipment used to quell protests. EU leaders have yet to identify specific individuals or companies targeted...