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 Ukraine-/Russia-related Sanctions

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The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) introduces additional sanctions with regard to Ukraine-/Russia.  Please visit the link below for more information.  

Sanctions Brochures


Sanctions Brochures are an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the Ukraine-/Russia-related Sanctions. They are useful quick reference tools.

Frequently Asked Questions


OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies. The link below sends the user to the entire list of OFAC's FAQs.  

​​Sectoral Sanctions Identifications (SSI) List


The Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List includes persons determined by OFAC to be operating in sectors of the Russian economy identified by the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to Executive Order 13662.

Archived Directives

Important Advisories


OFAC issues advisories to the public on important issues related to the sanctions programs it administers.  While these documents may focus on specific industries and activities, they should be reviewed by any party interested in OFAC compliance.

Interpretive Guidance


OFAC issues interpretive guidance on specific issues related to the sanctions programs it administers.  These interpretations of OFAC policy are sometimes published in response to a public request for guidance or may be released proactively by OFAC in order to address a complex topic.  Applying for a Specific OFAC License
It may be in your and the U.S. government’s interest to authorize particular economic activity related to the Ukraine\Russia-related Sanctions.  Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.

Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy


Certain activities related to the Ukraine\Russia-related Sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC.  Below OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies as they relate to the Ukraine-related Sanctions.
  • Licenses for Legal Fees and Costs - Guidance on the Release of Limited Amounts of Blocked Funds for Payment of Legal Fees and Costs Incurred in Challenging the Blocking of U.S. Persons in Administrative or Civil Proceedings
  • Entities Owned By Blocked Persons - Guidance On Entities Owned By Persons Whose Property And Interests In Property Are Blocked

General Licenses


OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize activities that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to Ukraine.  General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.

  • Ukraine General License Number 1B - Authorizing Certain Transactions Related to Derivatives Prohibited by Directives 1, 2, and 3 Under Executive Order 13662 (issued November 28, 2017)
  • Ukraine General License Number 2 - Authorizing Certain Activities Prohibited by Directive 4 under Executive Order 13662 Necessary to Wind Down Operations (issued September 12, 2014)
  • Ukraine General License Number 3 - Authorizing Transactions Involving Certain Entities Otherwise Prohibited by Directive 1 under Executive Order 13662 (October 6, 2014)
  • Ukraine General License Number 4 - Authorizing the Exportation or Reexportation of Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, Medical Supplies, and Replacement Parts (December 19, 2014)
  • List of Medical Supplies Authorized under Ukraine General License Number 4
  • Ukraine General License Number 5 - Authorizing Certain Activities Prohibited by Executive Order 13685 of December 19, 2014 Necessary to Wind Down Operations Involving the Crimea Region of Ukraine (December 30, 2014)
  • Ukraine General License Number 6 - Noncommercial, Personal Remittances Authorized
  • Ukraine General License Number 7 - Operation of Accounts Authorized
  • Ukraine General License Number 8​ - Transactions Related to Telecommunications and Mail Authorized​
  • Ukraine General License Number 9​ - Exportation of Certain Services and Software Incident to Internet-Based Communications Authorized
  • Ukraine General License Number 10 - Authorizing Certain Transactions Otherwise Prohibited by Executive Order 13685 Necessary to Divest or Transfer Holdings in Certain Blocked Entities (August 31, 2016)
  • Ukraine General License Number 11 - ​Authorizing Certain Transactions With FAU Glavgosekspertiza Rossii (December 20, 2016)
  • Ukraine General License Number 12A - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind down of Operations or Existing Contracts (April 23, 2018) (Superseded by General License 12B)
  • Ukraine General License Number 12B - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind down of Operations or Existing Contracts (May 01, 2018) (Superseded by General License 12C)
  • Ukraine General License Number 12C - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind down of Operations or Existing Contracts (May 22, 2018) (Expired June 05, 2018 at 12:01AM EDT)
  • Ukraine General License Number 13 - ​Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or other Holdings in Certain Blocked Persons (April 06, 2018) (Superseded by General License 13A)
  • Ukraine General License Number 13A - ​Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or other Holdings in Certain Blocked Persons (May 01, 2018) (Superseded by General License 13B)
  • Ukraine General License Number 13B - ​Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or other Holdings in Certain Blocked Persons (May 31, 2018) (Superseded by General License 13C)
  • Ukraine General License Number 13C - ​Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or other Holdings in Certain Blocked Persons (July 31, 2018) (Superseded by General License 13D)
  • Ukraine General License Number 13D - ​Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or other Holdings in Certain Blocked Persons (September 21, 2018) (Superseded by General License 13E)
  • Ukraine General License Number 13E - Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or Other Holdings in Certain Blocked Persons (October 12, 2018) (Superseded by General License 13F)
  • Ukraine General License Number 13F - Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or Other Holdings in Certain Blocked Persons (October 19, 2018) (Superseded by General License 13G)
  • Ukraine General License Number 13G - Authorizing Certain Transactions Necessary to Divest or Transfer Debt, Equity, or Other Holdings in Certain Blocked Persons (November 9, 2018)
  • Ukraine General License Number 14 - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind Down of Operations or Existing Contracts with United Company RUSAL PLC (April 23, 2018)​ (Superseded by General License 14A)
  • Ukraine General License Number 14A - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind Down of Operations or Existing Contracts with United Company RUSAL PLC (September 21, 2018)​ (Superseded by General License 14B)
  • Ukraine General License Number 14B - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind Down of Operations or Existing Contracts with United Company RUSAL PLC (October 12, 2018) (Superseded by General License 14C)
  • Ukraine General License Number 14C - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind Down of Operations or Existing Contracts with United Company RUSAL PLC (November 9, 2018)
  • Ukraine General License Number 15 - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind Down of Operations or Existing Contracts with GAZ Group (May 22, 2018)​ (Superseded by General License 15A)
  • Ukraine General License Number 15A - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind Down of Operations or Existing Contracts with GAZ Group (October 19, 2018)​ (Superseded by General License 15B)
  • Ukraine General License Number 15B - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind Down of Operations or Existing Contracts with GAZ Group (November 9, 2018)
  • Ukraine General License Number 16 - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind down of Operations or Existing Contracts with EN+ Group PLC or JSC EuroSibEnergo (June 04, 2018)​ (Superseded by General License 16A)
  • Ukraine General License Number 16A - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind down of Operations or Existing Contracts with EN+ Group PLC or JSC EuroSibEnergo (September 21, 2018)​ (Superseded by General License 16B)
  • Ukraine General License Number 16B - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind Down of Operations or Existing Contracts with EN+ Group PLC or JSC EuroSibEnergo (October 12, 2018) (Superseded by General License 16C)
  • Ukraine General License Number 16C - Authorizing Certain Activities Necessary to Maintenance or Wind Down of Operations or Existing Contracts with EN+ Group PLC or JSC EuroSibEnergo (November 9, 2018)

Legal Framework for the Ukraine\Russia-related Sanctions


The Ukraine\Russia-related sanctions program represents the implementation of multiple legal authorities.  Some of these authorities are in the form of an executive order issued by the President. Other authorities are public laws (statutes) passed by The Congress. These authorities are further codified by OFAC in its regulations which are published the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Executive Orders

  • Executive Order - Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (September 20, 2018)
  • 13685 - Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine (December 19, 2014)
  • 13662 - Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 20, 2014)
  • 13661 - Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 17, 2014)
  • 13660 - Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 6, 2014)

Statutes

Code of Federal Regulations

Federal Register Notices

  • 79 FR 26365-14 - Issuance of regulations to implement Executive Order 13660, Executive Order 13661, and Executive Order 13662

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Last Updated: 11/9/2018 1:32 PM