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The European Union has imposed a new round of sanctions on leading Russians as part of attempts to pressure Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Among the 13 people facing asset freezes and visa bans are President Vladimir Putin’s first deputy chief of staff Vyacheslav Volodin and the commander of Russian paratroopers Vladimir Shamanov.

Two Crimean companies – PJSC Chernomorneftegaz and Feodosia – were also on the list.

The sanctions, criticised by Russia, are in response to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its support for Russian-speaking separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The EU had already imposed asset freezes and visa bans on 48 Russians and Ukrainians, and the US has introduced similar sanctions.

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