The European Union has imposed restrictions on economic relations with Crimea following its illegal annexation by Russia.
These restrictions apply to all UK people and companies and include an import ban, a full ban on investment and a prohibition on supplying tourism services in Crimea.
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The FCO isn’t able to provide consular services to anyone in the parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts not currently under control of the Ukrainian authorities.
It’s illegal under Ukrainian law to enter internationally recognised Ukrainian territory through a border point that isn’t currently controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.
If you do so, you risk arrest or a fine, and you may be subject to a travel ban.
You should avoid all demonstrations and take extra care in public gatherings. Monitor the media for information about possible safety or security risks.
What’s more, the tough “tier 3” sanctions being proposed by the likes of the UK could, if they were ever approved by the EU, have a major impact on energy supply from the region, by blocking access to European markets for entire sectors – such as gas and oil.
Tier 3 sanctions could also, for example, involve a ban on doing business with the entire Russian defence industry, rather than just selected bits of it.
Russian forces and pro-Russian groups have established full operational control in Crimea.
Following an illegal referendum on 16 March 2014, Russia illegally annexed Crimea on 21 March 2014 and tensions remain high.
The security situation in the southeastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine remains highly unstable with ongoing clashes between Ukrainian armed forces and Russian-backed armed separatists.