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EU sanctions additional 15 Russian officials with travel ban, asset freeze over Ukraine crisis

Diplomats say the European Union has decided to add 15 more officials to its Russian sanctions list to protests Moscow's meddling in Ukraine.

Three diplomats separately confirmed to The Associated Press that ambassadors of the EU's 28 nations on Monday agreed to broaden the bloc's travel ban and asset freeze sanctions. The diplomats spoke only on condition of anonymity pending an official announcement.

The decision still requires formal approval from the EU's national governments but officials said that would be a formality and is expected to be completed within the coming hours.

The names of the individuals targeted weren't immediately released but would be included in the official publication in the bloc's legal journal early Tuesday.

The EU move comes after the U.S. decided to broaden its own sanctions.