Real-time updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

General view of the headquarters of the largest Russian credit organization Sberbank in Moscow, Russia, May 31.
General view of the headquarters of the largest Russian credit organization Sberbank in Moscow, Russia, May 31. (Yuri Kochetkov/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The European Council imposed restrictive measures against 54 individuals and 10 legal entities, including Sberbank, in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

“We are listing another major Russian bank, Sberbank, and prohibiting it from conducting operations outside of Russia,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said. said Friday.

“We are also adding new individuals involved in Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, such as the military, the Night Wolves motorcycle club and disinformers,” Borrell added.

The decision is in addition to the “maintain and reconcile” sanctions package adopted by the Council on Thursday.

According to the Council of the EU, among the listed individuals are Syrians responsible for recruiting mercenaries fighting in Ukraine alongside Russian troops.

The European Union further tightened sanctions against Russia with additional measures on Thursday.

“We are effectively banning Russia’s most important export after energy, Russian gold,” Borrell said.

“We are also extending the exemption from transactions with agricultural products and the transfer of oil to third countries. Because the EU is doing its part to ensure that we can overcome the looming global food crisis. Russia must stop bombing Ukrainian fields and mines and stop blockading Black Sea ports,” Borrell said on Thursday.

The latest measures come days after Ukraine’s foreign minister urged the EU impose additional sanctions to Russia.

“Today I addressed the EU ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council,” Dmitry Kuleba tweeted Monday. “My key message: weapons for Ukraine, sanctions against Russia and accountability for Russia are three ways to restore peace, enhance security and protect stability in Europe.”

James Frater of CNN, Radina Gigova and Yulia Kesaeva contributed to this post.