Russian-backed separatists guard a checkpoint in Stanytsia Luhanska, Lugansk region, on March 7, as an elderly man carrying bags passes into Ukraine-controlled territory.
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BRUSSELS – The European Union has prolonged for six months until Sept. 15 a blacklist of Russian and Crimean individuals and firms accused of undermining Ukraine’s integrity and independence, an EU statement said on March 13. “The assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime,” the statement said. The sanctions were introduced in March 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the revolt in eastern Ukraine.