EU adds 18 Ukrainian separatist groups, individuals to blacklist

The European Union on Thursday added five separatist groups and 13 individuals to a blacklist for their role in elections this month in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, diplomatic sources said.

The decision taken by the 28 EU ambassadors "responds to the separatist vote which undermined ... the implementation of the Minsk protocol" establishing a ceasefire in the region, one of the sources said.