Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

United States imposes new Ukraine-related sanctions on Russian Federation

United States imposes new Ukraine-related sanctions on Russian Federation

"The United States and our transatlantic partners will not allow Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine to go unchecked", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was quoted as saying.

Today, the United Kingdom and our worldwide partners in the EU, Australia, Canada and the USA have sent an unequivocal message to Russian Federation that their attack on Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait and Black Sea previous year was absolutely unacceptable. The 24 Ukrainian sailors are still being held by Moscow.

Global Affairs Canada says the list of people and entities sanctioned over Russia's aggression toward Ukraine has now reached 429. Thus, the sanctions were imposed against Head of "Border Unit of Crimean and Sevastopol FSB Rear Admiral Sergey Stankevich, his deputy Andrey Shein, Commander of troops of Southern Military district Alexandr Dvornikov, commanders Alexey Salaev and Andrey Shipitsyn, participating in the seizure of the vessels, commander of anti-submarine warfare ship Suzdalets Sergey Shcherbakov and two heads of the FSB control points Ruslan Romashkin and Alexey Shatokhin".

We, with our global partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia's ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"Today's action targets individuals and entities playing a role in Russia's unjustified attacks on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait, the purported annexation of Crimea, and backing of illegitimate separatist government elections in eastern Ukraine", the U.S. Treasury said in a March 15 statement.

Twenty-four Ukrainian crew members were detained in the naval incident.

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European Union sanctions target eight senior Russian security personnel and military officers responsible for detaining three Ukrainian vessels in disputed waters off the coast of Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014.

"Russia's provocations in the Kerch Strait and its illegal invasion and ongoing occupation of Crimea will not go unchecked".

"On this occasion, we reiterate that we do not recognize the de-facto situation caused by this act and reaffirm our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine", it added. They are still in Russian detention.

"The pretext for including our countrymen in the illegitimate sanctions list of the European Union astounds with hypocrisy and cynicism", the Russian foreign ministry said.

In a legal filing, Deripaska asked the US District Court in Washington to block the US Treasury Department from using the "devastating power" of such economic sanctions.

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