There are 19 people and nine organisations on the new European Union list of those subject to sanctions – including several armed separatist groups fighting the Ukrainian army. These organizations delight in names like: Death Battalion; Sparta Battalion and Cossack National Guard.
And there are also a few individuals who are extremely well-known in Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the new sanctions "contradict common sense" – the country has always denied that it has soldiers in east Ukraine, in spite of a number of Russian military officials appearing on the list.
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Here, we outline some of what we know about those new to the sanctions list.
Iosif, or Joseph, Kobzon
The 77 year old Russian crooner, who was born near Donetsk, the Ukrainian city where much of the bloodshed has occurred, has performed for Russian leaders since Stalin's time. He has also shared a stage with Western singers like Liza Minnelli and Julio Iglesias, although he has never quite managed to crack the West.
Much like Frank Sinatra, to whom he is often compared, Kobzon has been dogged by allegations, which he has always strenuously denied, of links to gangsters.
A member of Russia's State Duma for nearly three decades, he has been added to the EU list over statements in support of the rebels in his native province, and an appointment as Honorary Consul for the "People's Republic of Donetsk" (the breakaway state which has been proclaimed by Russian separatists) in Russia.
Maria Zakharova, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's press department, said on Facebook after the news, according to Reuters: "Joseph, sing, please carry on singing!"
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