The 14 pro-Russian separatists added to the blacklist include six self-described ministers in the separatist administrations in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and five militia commanders. The militia that they lead – including the Sparta, Death and Somali Battalions – are among eight militia units now subject to the EU’s sanctions regime. A ninth organisation, the Novorossiya Movement, is described as a “public movement” but was headed by Igor Strelkov, a Russian officer who was, until late last year, one of the most influential and best-known military and political commanders operating in eastern Ukraine.Today’s additions take the total number of Russians and Ukrainian separatists blacklisted up to 151. Thirty seven organisations are on the blacklist.Some EU member states had pressed for more senior Russian officials to be sanctioned – including Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and Vladimir Yakunin, who features on the American sanctions list and is a member of the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle – but Greece in particular opposed their addition.The sanctions announced today were originally due to come into force last Monday (16 February), but EU foreign ministers agreed to delay publication of the names by a week. The ministers said the delay was in order to give more space for diplomacy ahead of a meeting last Wednesday (18 February) of the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. The presidents’ meeting produced an agreement that included the start of a ceasefire yesterday (15 February). The European Union has added three senior Russian defence officials to the list of Russians and Ukrainians barred from entering the EU for undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity.The decision to impose restrictions on the Russian defence officials and 16 other individuals followed the killing of 30 civilians in the southern port city of Mariupol by a rocket fired by pro-Russian separatists.The Russian defence officials who are now subject to travel bans and a freeze on assets held in the EU are two deputy defence ministers – Anatoly Antonov and Arkady Bakhin – and the deputy chief of Russia’s general staff, Andrei Kartapolov. The EU also targeted two Russian politicians, one of whom – Iosif Kobzon – is famous in Russia principally as a singer.