UK imposes fresh sanctions on Russia during Zelenskyy’s visit
London continues to increase pressure on Russia due to its aggression against Ukraine (Photo:Unsplash/Unsplash)
The United Kingdom unleashed a new round of sanctions targeting Kremlin elites and entities providing military equipment, the UK government said in a press release on Feb. 8.
The announcement came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was on a visit to the United Kingdom on Feb. 8.
In total, this new sanctions package affects six entities providing military equipment to Russia, such as drones, as well as eight individuals and one entity connected to financial networks that help maintain wealth and power amongst Kremlin elites.
“These new sanctions accelerate the economic pressure on (Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin – undermining his war machine to help Ukraine prevail,” said British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.
“I’m determined, consistent with our laws, that Russia will have no access to the assets we have frozen until it ends, once and for all, its threats to Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty and integrity.”
The sanctions target the following organizations:
- CST, a manufacturer of Russian drones which have been used to destroy Ukrainian combat vehicles;
- RT-Komplekt, that produces parts for helicopters used by Russia in its assault on Ukraine;
- Oboronlogistics, that organises the transportation and delivery for Russian military equipment;
- Universalmash and Lipetsk, that manufactures or modifies the tracked chassis for anti-aircraft missile systems used by Russia’s armed forces in Ukraine;
- Topaz, a software company involved in military aviation.
Additionally, Russian Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneur’s Rights Boris Titov and the deputy chairman of the largest privately owned oil refinery in Russia, Nikolay Egorov, have also been subject to the new sanctions.
IT services company Moscoms LLC is also on the sanctions list. The company is believed to act as a nexus for the Russian elite, providing host domains to anti-Ukrainian actors.
The UK has sanctioned over 1,300 individuals and entities since Putin began his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as well as taken punitive trade measures co-ordinated with international partners.
In late September 2022, the United Kingdom placed sanctions against participants in the preparation of sham referendums organized by the Russian invaders in the occupied territories of Ukraine in Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts.
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