The European Union has added the private military company Wagner and the Russian news agency FAN, both linked to Kremlin oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, to its sanctions list.
The information was published in the EU's Official Journal on Thursday.
As noted in the EU decision, the Wagner PMC is behind the attacks on the Ukrainian cities of Soledar and Bakhmut in January 2023 and is actively involved in Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine.
"Thus, the Wagner Group is responsible for material support of actions that undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine," the decision reads.
In turn, RIA FAN, registered in St. Petersburg, is part of Patriot Media Group, a Russian media organization whose board of trustees is headed by Prigozhin.
It is noted that RIA "FAN" is engaged in propaganda and disinformation about Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine, calls it a mission to stop "Ukrainian Nazis" and advertises the actions of the Wagner PMC.
"Thus, RIA FAN materially supports actions and policies that undermine and threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine," the EU states.-
Author - Olena Madiak, 14/04/2023