UK expanding sanctions against Russia on full-scale invasion anniversary

24 February, 02:00 PM
Britain continues to support Ukraine in the fight against the Russian Federation, introducing sanctions against the Kremlin regime (Photo:Unsplash+/Unsplash)

Britain continues to support Ukraine in the fight against the Russian Federation, introducing sanctions against the Kremlin regime (Photo:Unsplash+/Unsplash)

The United Kingdom has announced a new package of sanctions against Russia on the  anniversary of Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

New sanctions include export bans on every item Russia uses on the battlefield as to date, a Feb. 24 press release from the UK government reads.

"Included in the hundreds of goods are aircraft parts, radio equipment, and electronic components that can be used by the Russian military industrial complex, including in the production of UAVs," the government's press office reported.

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The sanctions target 92 individuals and entities, including those connected with Rosatom (Russian state nuclear operator), Rostec (Russian state advanced technology producer) and Almaz-Antey (Russian state arms manufacture). All of them are specializing in aircraft weapons and air defence systems production.

Personal sanctions were imposed on persons from the inner circle of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, including:

  • Mattias Warnig, the CEO of Nord Stream 2, and previously a member of the boards of Russian energy companies Transneft and Rosneft.
  • Lyubov Kabaeva, the mother of Alina Kabaeva who likely has a close personal relationship with Putin.
  • Alexei Dyumin, Putin’s former chief security guard.
  • Alexei Kozak, the son of the former Deputy Prime Minister and Putin ally Dmitry Kozak.

The UK has also sanctioned five top Iranian officials from Qods Aviation Industry, a drone producer.

The import of 140 goods will be banned as well, including iron and steel from third countries.

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, UK sanctions have affected about 1,300 individuals and entities. In late September, the UK sanctioned the organisers of the sham referendums Russia held to justify its claimed annexation of occupied areas in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine.

On Feb. 8, the previous package of sanctions was activated "against Putin's military machine and financial networks."

They targeted companies that provide military equipment to Russia — in particular drones.

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