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Following Russia’s recognition of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics independence on 21 February 2022 and its further invasion of Ukraine with Belarus's assistance on 24 February 2022, the EU has been adopting new packages of sanctions. The following are among the main measures implemented...

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Following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, the EU has adopted a series of restrictive measures and in March 2022 decided to set up a “Freeze and Seize” Task Force to reinforce rules on asset recovery and confiscation and contribute to the implementation of EU restrictive measures. In this context, on 25 May 2022, in addition to the Directive proposal on asset recovery and confiscation , the Commission presented a proposal for a Council Decision on adding the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes laid down in Article 83(1) TFEU, so opening the way to the harmonisation of this area of crime.

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On 6 April 2022, two days before the adoption of the fifth package of sanctions against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Commission published on the Official Journal of the EU the “Guidance to the Member States concerning foreign direct investment from Russia and Belarus in view of the military aggression against Ukraine and the restrictive measures laid down in recent Council Regulations on sanctions”