The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considered the introduction of sanctions by Russia against 322 Ukrainian citizens and 68 companies as a continuation of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The justification by the aggressor state of its actions is far-fetched and manipulative, while the “special economic measures” themselves have nothing in common with international law, according to the statement by MFA Ukraine.

Ukrainian diplomats recalled that international sanctions against the Kremlin were a reaction to Russian armed aggression.

"They can be canceled after the unconditional and final termination of the Russian illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol, and part of the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the statement says.

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"Ukraine will take all necessary measures to protect the interests of Ukraine's legal entities and individuals both within the framework of national legislation and applying the tools of international law," the Foreign Ministry stressed.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian government on Nov 1 introduced restrictive economic measures against Ukrainian nationals and legal entities.

The sanctions affect 68 Ukrainian companies and 322 citizens.

The Russian government resolution contains a complete sanctions list, which includes a number of top Ukrainian officials such as NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak, Head of the Presidential Administration Ihor Rainin, Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, Minister for Information Policies Yuriy Stets, and others.

On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree providing for the introduction of "special economic measures" in connection with Ukraine's "unfriendly actions."