"According to the European Council request on July 16 and by the order of the EU Foreign Affairs Council of July 22 the Council adopted a decision on strengthening the EU sanctions in connection with the Ukrainian situation on Friday, according to a communiqué issued in Brussels," the statement says.
The EU Council has added 15 individuals and 18 entities responsible for the actions that undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine to the sanctions list, the document says.
The decision gives legal power to the agreements reached at the meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU, the communiqué states.
Freezing of assets in banks in the EU and the EU visas ban will be applied to the individuals and organizations added to the list.
Thus, now there are 87 individuals and 20 entities in the list which are subject to these restrictive measures specified in the communiqué.
The EU Council also expanded the criteria envisaged by the law for the application of restrictive measures. This allows them to freeze the assets and ban visas to EU in regard of individuals and organizations that actively support Russian leaders responsible for the annexation of Crimea or destabilization in eastern Ukraine or those who benefit from these leaders.
"The sanctions will come into effect upon their publication in the Official Journal of the EU. This would happen during Friday. Today's decision was made as a result of a written procedure," the communiqué states.