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EU members authorized a thirteenth bundle of Ukraine-related sanctions in opposition to Russia on Wednesday, banning practically 200 entities and people accused of serving to Moscow procure weapons or of involvement in kidnapping Ukrainian kids.

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“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, stated on social media platform X, calling it “one of the broadest approved by the EU”.

The new bundle will see 193 entities and people added to the checklist of these banned from touring to the EU or doing enterprise there, however no contemporary measures in opposition to particular financial sectors, EU diplomatic sources stated.

The sources stated the main focus of the listings is roughly cut up between entities and people which are a part of Russia’s navy industrial complicated and people concerned in trafficking and kidnapping Ukrainian kids. One North Korean and one Belarusian agency had been additionally added, the sources stated.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated final March that Russia had transferred “at least hundreds” of kids from orphanages and care properties in occupied areas of Ukraine, and “many” have been given up for adoption.

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The ICC indicted officers together with President Vladimir Putin for abducting Ukrainian kids, which it known as a struggle crime. Moscow denies any crime and says it has taken in kids from the struggle zone to guard them. Ukraine says Russia has eliminated greater than 4,000 kids.

The new measures additionally concentrate on the procurement community supporting Russia’s navy, particularly the availability chain to make drones. Twenty-seven firms had been added to the Annex IV checklist, which suggests European corporations can not promote dual-use items to them.

The firms added are principally Russian and embrace three mainland Chinese corporations and one Hong Kong-based firm, the sources stated.

The bundle will likely be formally authorized in time for the second anniversary of the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

“We must keep degrading Putin’s war machine,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated on X.

“We are also further cutting Russia’s access to drones.”

Ambassadors additionally renewed for six months the present sanctions regime that lists round 2,000 people and corporations.