KYIV (QHA) -

The EU decided to impose individual sanctions against six persons involved in the illegal construction of the Kerch Bridge, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko informed on his Facebook page.

According to the President, this decision testifies to the inevitability of punishment for those who were engaged in the construction of the bridge.

“In the development of our agreements at the Ukraine-EU summit, the ambassadors of the EU member states decided to impose individual sanctions against 6 people involved in the illegal construction of the Kerch bridge. This shows the inevitability of punishment for any individuals or legal entities that had, have or will have something to do with the actions associated with an attempt of annexation and temporary occupation of the Ukrainian Crimea," the Head of Ukrainian state noted.

Poroshenko expressed his gratitude to the Western partners for the solidarity and support of Ukraine in countering the Russian aggressor.

Previously, the US Senate called for increased sanctions against Russia after the meeting of US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, which was held on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. In particular, the leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate Chuck Schumer favoured strengthening of the sanctions.

Earlier, US Senators presented a draft resolution, which says that the country condemns Russia's illegal attempts to occupy the Crimea. The document notes that the Crimea is part of the territory of Ukraine and the US policy "must consist in resisting attempts to change the status, demographic map or the political nature of the Crimea."

QHA