Mogherini: EU to not recognize election in occupied Crimea

EU extends sanctions against Russia for 6 more months

"An assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime", the Council said in a statement. "The relevant information and statement of reasons for the listing of these persons and entities were updated as necessary", it said. It said the measures were due to "actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine".

Earlier Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed that Ukraine will not recognize the election of the president of Russian Federation in occupied Crimea and implement the sanctions against its organizers.

The individual sanctions are part of measures taken by the European Union to punish Moscow for its support for pro-Russian separatists in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which began in early 2014.

After annexing Crimea in 2014, in a move that has not been recognized internationally, Russian Federation said it would not return the region.

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"We will continue to call for the respect of human rights of all Ukrainian citizens in Crimea, including Crimean Tatars, and we will continue to call for the immediate release of all those who have been detained and sentenced in breach of worldwide law", Mogherini added.

The U.N. General Assembly voted to proclaim the Russian annexation illegal.

The EU imposed the economic sanctions against Russia after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014, killing 298 people, an attack the West blamed on pro-Russian rebels.