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EU targets Russian intelligence chiefs, readies tougher sanctions

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Spurred into action by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the EU put Russia's intelligence chiefs on its sanctions list Saturday as it readied much harsher measures against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) reviews Russian naval ships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on May 9, 2014, with head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov (R) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L)

The director of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, and the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mikhail Fradkov, were among 15 people and 18 entities hit with asset freezes and visa bans, the EU's Official Journal said.

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