EU extends Russian sanctions despite Ukraine cease-fire

-Sanctions extended to more Ukrainians and Russians on Monday including to two Russian deputy defence ministers.

BRUSSELS (AA) – European Union added new Ukrainians and Russians on a sanctions list on Monday, despite Russia's signing a cease-fire agreement in Belarus' capital Minsk last Wednesday.

The new sanctions list includes Russian First Deputy Defence Minister Arkady Bakhin, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov and deputy chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces, Andrei Kartapolov.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk had warned last week following a EU heads of government meeting in Brussels that EU has to maintain its decision on sanctions against Russia.

“We are cautious after bad experiences with Minsk one," Tusk said, referring to the first cease-fire accord signed in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014.   "It is obvious that we have to be cautious and of course our trust and goodwill in Putin is limited; this is why we have to maintain our decision on sanctions,” Tusk said. 

The new sanctions list, published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on Monday, includes pro-Russian separatist groups blamed for ''undermining the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine." 

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