US slaps new sanctions on Russia for annexation of Ukrainian territories
In response to the actions of the Kremlin, the United States imposes sanctions against Russian officials and their family members (Photo:12019/Pixabay)
Washington imposed new sanctions against Russia for their claimed annexation of the partially occupied Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts, according to a statement by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sept. 30.
"The United States unequivocally rejects Russia’s fraudulent attempt to change Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders, including by holding sham 'referenda' in the Ukrainian Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions," the statement reads.
In response to the Kremlin's actions, the United States is imposing sanctions against Russian officials and their families, Russian and Belarusian military officials, as well as a number of companies that support the Russian military-industrial complex.
It is noted that the State Department will impose visa restrictions on 910 people from this list. Among them is also Russian citizen Ochur-Suge Mongush, who is accused of torturing a Ukrainian soldier.
Additionally, 109 MPs from the Russian parliament, 169 members of the Russian senate, and other members of the Russian government, including the head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, Elvira Nabiullina, have also been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.
These personal sanctions include the wife and two adult children of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the wife and children of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the adult children and the closest relatives of deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, and the chair of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko.
14 Russian firms connected to that country’s military-industrial complex – and a number of their international suppliers – have also been sanctioned.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin signed "agreements" on the annexation of occupied territories of Ukraine with the heads of the Donbas puppet authorities, and collaborators in Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts, on Sept. 30.
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