Brown faculty, researchers, staff and students (collectively, Brown Personnel) who are planning travel or field work in Ukraine, who are collaborating with people located in Ukraine, or who plan to send or hand-carry (“export”)  or receive ("import") any item, including documents and materials, to and from Ukraine must read and become familiar with the information provided below. Failure to comply with the new requirements related to the comprehensive sanctions imposed on the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea regions of Ukraine is considered a violation of export control and sanctions regulations and may result in civil and criminal penalties.

On February 21, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order to “respond to President Putin’s action to purportedly recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) as “independent” states.” 

For members of the Brown community, this new Executive Order means that activities, including research, field work, conference travel and collaboration in the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea regions of Ukraine require a government license. The Executive Order prohibits most transactions and activities with individuals and entities in the Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea regions of Ukraine, but some general licenses may be available. The applicability of a general license is situation-specific and requires documentation with the Export Control Team

If you have research, research collaborations, field work or other work-related travel in Ukraine, contact [email protected] to ensure your research or collaborations do not violate new federal regulations.

Additional information

  1. Executive Order  
  2. White House Fact Sheet
  3. Office of the Treasury information on Ukraine sanctions 

Related Information: new requirements for exports to Russia and Belarus

In late February and early March, the US government imposed new economic sanctions and export controls on Russia and Belarus. These sanctions are evolving. It is therefore important that members of the Brown community wishing to travel to, collaborate with, or send/transfer any item, technology, material to Russia or Belarus, review our guidance and contact Brown’s Export Control team.